When Massachusetts workers go to work, they don't likely expect to be injured. However, many workers do jobs where the risk of workplace injuries is high. The risk may be inherent to the job or the workplace may be unsafe. In other situations, accidents unexpectedly occur and cause injuries in an otherwise safe workplace.
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.
For the past few weeks, our Worcester personal injury law blog has been focusing on the subject of Massachusetts workers injured on the job. We concluded our last post by noting that employers' insurance companies are not always completely accommodating when injured workers file workers' compensation claims. In these situations, a legal professional can be an important advocate on your behalf.
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.
With summer fully upon us in Worcester, residents are enjoying the sights of our community's landscape. Trees lining streets and shading backyards with their canopies are a particularly beautiful aspect, but they do require some care and maintenance in order to thrive. Tree-trimming is a notoriously dangerous job, however, and workers -- as well as their families -- should understand their legal rights to workers' compensation benefits, especially in cases involving fatal accidents.
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.
Our Worcester personal injury law blog recently discussed the case of two utility workers killed in a tragic crane-truck accident. A new report from the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health and the state's AFL-CIO puts those fatalities into a context that local residents will find alarming.