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Concrete construction accident kills worker

Throughout Boston, Massachusetts, construction projects are ubiquitous. These range from soaring skyscrapers to simple single-family homes. From time to time, the workers who toil each day on those construction projects suffer injuries, which may lead to workers' compensation claims.

Recently, a 50-year-old worker died while diligently working on a front porch that was being done at a single-family home located in Medford. His death occurred when he was crushed by a concrete slab, which was from the part of the house's foundation that collapsed.

The Middlesex district attorney's office, reporting the result of an initial investigation, said that the accident happened before 2:45 p.m. on a recent Wednesday afternoon. After it did, the man was taken to the Massachusetts General Hospital. There, he was examined and pronounced dead.

The case is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, State Police, and Medford Police. According to prosecutors, the medical examiner is tasked with determining the official cause of death.

Some details about what happened are known. The construction company contracted to work on the house was to remove the foundation walls that were under the front porch. To that end, the worker was in a trench that was five to six feet deep and right next to the house's foundation.

Reportedly, a complete wall of concrete collapsed, sending an eight inch thick slab that was five feet wide and six feet long smashing onto the worker. Firefighters had to use levers to get it off of him because it was so big and so heavy. Those firefighters used CPR on the worker, but that wasn't enough to save his life.

This case shows how important it is for both property owners and construction companies to investigate all possible safety issues before commencing a project. If they don't, accidents inclusive of fatalities can occur, which can in turn lead to legal consequences.

Source: The Boston Globe, "Construction worker killed while working on Medford home," Danny McDonald, Aug. 02, 2017

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