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.
Workers who handle heavy objects are always at risk that such objects will fall on them and inflict serious injury or death. Such accidents occur at many types of workplaces, including construction sites, factories and warehouses.
As this blog often notes, accidents can happen at any kind of workplace, and they can injure even the most experienced employees. The workers' compensation system provides a way for injured workers to pay for medical expenses and other costs after an accident. In the event of a fatal accident, workers' compensation benefits can help the worker's family.
Workplace accidents often happen in seconds. A worker is operating a machine or feeding metal or wood into the machine when suddenly, the machine traps an arm or leg. Quick action is often the difference between life and death when a workplace accident occurs. Two Rockland police officers have been credited with taking quick action that saved the life of a machine operator whose arm had been severed by the machine he was operating.