If you work in the construction industry, the answer to this question might seem obvious. You more than likely do not need the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to tell you that the number one danger you face is falling. However, that does not mean that you or your employer should ignore the agency's efforts to keep you safe from falls.
Most Worcester residents assume that when they go to work each day, they will be safe from imminent danger. Still, certain industries carry with them certain risks, and unfortunately unsafe working conditions and even fatal accidents can occur in any type of workplace. In some instances, a worker will take notice of unsafe conditions and will understandably want to avoid doing a particular task until the problem is remedied. However, refusing to work due to unsafe conditions is typically a worker's right only if there is an "imminent danger," or good reason to believe there is such a danger.
When workers head out to a construction site in Worcester, they expect to know what they are getting into. Permits must be pulled and plans approved before work can begin. Failure to follow these steps can create unsafe working conditions, the kind that lead to serious or even fatal accidents.
Last week, our Worcester personal injury law blog discussed the story of a worker who was injured when a window-washing platform collapsed and fell off the Hancock Tower. We concluded the post -- as we often do with stories related to workers injured on the job -- by noting that an OSHA investigation was underway. But what, our readers may want to know, will such an investigation entail?
When readers think of a construction accident in Worcester, they likely think of dramatic physical injuries. Neck and back injuries, crush injuries from heavy equipment and the like are, of course, all too common and leave workers with serious injuries. But there are other hazardous workplace conditions that can also cause damage and illness.
Employees injured on the job here in Massachusetts have certain rights under the law. Workers' compensation will cover their medical bills and even some of their lost wages while they recover. While accidents can happen on any job site, some are more dangerous than others and expose workers to serious risks on a daily basis.
A worker was tragically killed in a work-related accident last week on state property near the Hatfield, Massachusetts town line. The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the fatal workplace accident. OSHA investigations can take up to six months to complete. However, news reports indicate that the worker was crushed as crews were working to create temporary office space for state employees.