Wall collapse is a constant hazard on construction sites throughout Massachusetts. Collapses often occur without warning, and workers near the wall can suffer serious injuries before they know what has happened. A recent wall collapse on a Lynn, Massachusetts, construction site trapped about 20 workers and caused serious injuries to several of them.

Lynn police responded to a call from an apartment building construction site. They found that about 20 workers had become trapped when a large section of reinforcing steel (rebar) fell on them. Many of the workers were able to extricate themselves without assistance, but four or five were still pinned inside the wreckage when police arrived. One worker was trapped under the rebar and could not free himself. Firefighters used a saw to cut through the reinforcing rods. The man was conscious and alert when he was freed but suffered severe injuries. He was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital, but no details on his condition were released.

No cause for the workplace accident has been released. The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration has commenced an investigation to learn the cause of the accident and to establish that the worksite is once again safe for workers. The project is a ten-story apartment building, according to the mayor of Lynn.

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you may have a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, including lost wages and medical expenses. If a party other than your employer is at fault, you may be able to file a third party claim for your injuries.