A terrible construction site accident has claimed the life of one man and left another seriously injured. As investigators continue to work to determine the series of events that led to the incident, the case serves as an example of the risks that Massachusetts construction workers take in regard to being injured on the job. In the same span of time, two families are struggling to address the aftermath of the accident.
Based on early reports, the accident took place on a recent Thursday afternoon at a construction site in Somerville. An administrative office building for Partners HealthCare was being built at the site, and temporary hoists were being installed on the side of the building when something went wrong. One of those hoists fell off the building, killing one worker and leaving another seriously injured.
Suffolk Construction is the company completing the work at the Somerville site. Management believes that the workers present at the site were employing the proper safety protocols at the time of the accident. Representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are working at the accident site to try to determine how and why the tragic turn of events occurred.
When a worker in Massachusetts or elsewhere is injured or killed while on the job, workers' compensation is an important resource for family members. Having access to these funds can make it easier to navigate a terrible time and can give loved ones the financial flexibility they need to move forward. In the case of a worker who loses his or her life, these funds can help families adjust to the loss of an income. For workers who are injured on the job, workers' compensation can help to cover the cost of necessary medical care and to pay bills while the family adjusts to its changed circumstances.
Source: wpri.com, "Hoist accident kills construction worker in Massachusetts", June 11, 2015