Construction work is dangerous and countless construction workers in Massachusetts and the rest of the country are injured or killed on the job each year. Because the work is so inherently dangerous, it's even more important that employers and third-parties uphold the highest safety standards and practices. It's when safety is compromised that construction accidents occur.
According to reports, a construction worker from the Boston area was killed in a work-related accident at a construction site in New York over the weekend. Officials said that accident took place at a construction site in upstate New York and involved a Dorchester, Massachusetts, man.
Police reported that the fatal accident occurred when a 40-foot, 1,700-pound pipe came loose from a flatbed truck, fell 8 feet and crushed the 24-year-old worker. The worker had been holding onto a guide rope at the time as the pipe was being lifted from the truck by an excavator.
An ambulance immediately transported the worker to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead. Several agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the accident for further details. If safety hazards are determined to have played a role, the construction company could face OSHA fines as well as a wrongful death lawsuit.
Of course, no amount of money could ever take away the pain caused by losing a loved one. However, wrongful death lawsuits often provide suffering families with the financial support they need to get through this difficult time.
In order for a wrongful death claim to be pursued against an employer or third-party following a fatal workplace accident, the employer or third-party must have been guilty of negligence. Typically, wrongful death lawsuits against employers involve safety hazards that the employer knew about or should have known about. Negligent third-parties can also be sued for defective products or other negligent behavior.
Source: WCVB.com, "Boston construction worker killed in N.Y. accident," April 14, 2013