While working at the New England Sports Center, a worker fell to his death. He was just 30 years old. Reports indicate that he was on an elevated beam when he fell, dropping around 50 feet to the ground.
The crew was working to add a pair of ice rinks to the sports complex. Though the job was taking place in Massachusetts, the man himself was from Arizona, and he was working for Alpha Steel Erectors, which is a company based out of Colorado Springs.
The Massachusetts Coalition For Occupational Safety and Health did put out a statement after the tragic accident, saying that it showed why it’s so critical for employers to identify and eliminate fall risks. They said that companies always bear a responsibility to eliminate these risks and keep their workers safe.
That being said, the investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has not concluded at this time, so it has not officially been determined if the company violated any of the set workplace standards. OSHA is being assisted in the investigation by the Marlborough Police Department. Officials who are involved said that it could be weeks before they get through the entire investigation and are able to determine fault.
In 2016, a total of 62 workers lost their lives in the state, the highest it’s been in 10 years.
Employers do have an obligation to keep workers safe, follow safety rules and regulations, and provide proper gear and equipment. Those who are hurt and the families of those who are killed on the job need to be sure they know their rights.
Source: Worcester Business Journal, “Worker dies at Marlborough ice rink expansion,” Laura Finaldi, May 10, 2017