When you consider all the ways in which employees can get hurt on the job, most people think first of more obvious hazards and workplace accidents like those affecting construction workers and others in typically dangerous jobs.
According to federal investigators, the trigger for the series of deadly gas explosions in and around Lawrence last month was Columbia Gas of Massachusetts' failure to move from an abandoned pipe an underground pressure sensor while construction work was taking place in Lawrence.
If you are a Boston construction worker, you could be at risk for a condition you may never have heard of. Compartment syndrome is often a serious complication of an on-the-job crushing injury, although that is not the only cause of the condition.
The multiple gas explosions in nearby Essex County on Thursday, Sept. 13, caused at least one death. According to Andover authorities, there was at least one firefighter who got injured fighting the infernos that broke out.
Last month in Boston, a construction worker on the job at the Landmark Center was injured in the underground site on Park Drive in the Fenway neighborhood after suffering an accident on the job.
Occupational eye injuries can threaten the vision of workers on a short or long-term basis. In turn, this loss of vision can affect injured workers' ability to earn an income. Fortunately, victims of workplace eye injuries are usually eligible for workers' compensation benefits. These benefits replace a portion of the worker's lost wages and cover medical treatment for the injury.
Working in the manufacturing industry can be hazardous and often leads to many workers' compensation claims. Developing and implementing good safety practices may keep workers safe, but accidents and injuries still occur. According to IndustrySafe, a safety management company, these are the top four dangers that industrial workers face:
Recently, a man working at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts, died while performing his duties. Reports indicate that he was discovered around 11:30 on the morning of his death inside a crawl space located on the hospital's boiler system. At this time, authorities are calling the incident an industrial accident, but few details have been made available.
Like many other Boston residents, we were distressed to learn about a recent fatal accident in our state that took the life of a tree worker. The Eagle Tribune reported that the man abruptly fell about 50 feet from the tree on which he was working.
Not all Boston workers' compensation claims are settled quickly. Some of these claims can proceed slowly, making already injured workers even more uncomfortable. When an employer or a workers' comp insurance provider disputes the worker's claim, it can take even longer.