A worker was killed in Quincy, Massachusetts, on Tuesday when a tractor-trailer crashed into the bucket truck he was working in, sending him flying to the ground. The city worker had been conducting maintenance on a traffic light at the intersection of Washington and Chubbuck Street when the accident occurred around 10 a.m.
After the injured worker was transported to Boston Medical Center, the 58-year-old was pronounced dead. The district attorney said on Tuesday that it was “a terrible day for the city of Quincy and for his family.”
The DA and city police confirmed that the worker was in a rented bucket truck, but that he was employed by the city. They said that state and local police are continuing to investigate the accident, with help from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. So far, no charges have been filed.
It seems to be unclear how exactly the accident unfolded or if the worker had been accompanied by others or a police detail. The driver of the 18-wheeler reportedly stopped after the collision and was seen talking to police.
Along busy roadways is a very dangerous place to be, which is why workers must be supplied with the utmost of protection. If it turns out that the worker was put in danger, the city could potentially face a personal injury lawsuit brought by the deceased worker’s family.
When a worker is killed on the job, the pain of losing a loved one is compounded by anxiety about the future and uncertainty about what, if anything, to do. There are several options available for the family members of workers killed on the job, including wrongful death claims, workers’ compensation benefits and third-party personal injury lawsuits.
Source: Boston Herald, “Quincy worker thrown from bucket after crash dies,” Colneth Smiley Jr., Oct. 18, 2011.