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.
Some car and truck drivers will argue that motorcycles are difficult to see. Some may say that motorcyclists need to be cautious around cars and that they may be taking a risk operating those types of vehicles. Negligent drivers who cause a motorcycle accident will offer up all manner of excuses in order to try to pin liability back on the motorcyclist. But particularly in a fatal motorcycle crash, victims' families should be aware that they have rights to pursue compensation for their losses.
Rear-end accidents, people often assume, are the fault of the driver who hits the car in front. It is true that drivers behind another car must be ready for that car to slow down or stop, and not follow that car too closely. However, this is not a black-and-white issue: sometimes liability is more complicated, and that can be particularly important in a motorcycle accident.
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.