Of all the hazards that construction workers in Massachusetts have to face on a daily basis, falls from scaffolds and other heights are said to be some of the most significant risks. Construction accidents can only be avoided if employers provide workers with the necessary safety training to enable them to recognize hazardous conditions. Furthermore, no worker must be expected to work at heights without the proper personal protective equipment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a fatal workplace accident that occurred in Sutton on a recent Thursday. According to investigators, a 22-year-old employee of a construction company fell from an estimated height of 25 feet while he was working at a site on Central Turnpike. The worker suffered critical injuries, and he was rushed to a hospital in Worcester by helicopter.
However, the construction worker succumbed to his injuries within two days. It is not known whether the worker was issued with a safety harness or other fall protection. This will likely be the focus of the OSHA investigation, along with an assessment of the company's compliance with other safety regulations.
Fatal construction accidents are never anticipated, and the surviving family members usually have to cope with several financial stumbling blocks while they are grieving. Fortunately, financial relief may be pursued by filing benefits claims with the Massachusetts workers' compensation insurance system. Death benefits typically include compensation to cover the high costs of end-of-life arrangements, along with a financial package to assist the dependents in coping with financial obligations and daily expenses for a designated period.
Source: telegram.com, "Construction worker succumbs to injuries from Sutton fall", Mark Sullivan, Jan. 17, 2016