All too often, workers in Massachusetts are injured at construction sites. Some injured workers are left unable to work for weeks or months, while others are never able to return to their occupations. This can cause financial devastation to a family that depends on the income of a construction worker. That’s why it’s so important that construction workers know their rights following a construction site accident.
In a recent example of this, a worker at a Holyoke, Massachusetts, demolition site was injured last week when a section of roof was being cut on a building. Apparently, the piece of roof collapsed on the worker, leaving him seriously injured. The worker was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries, and it appears that the worker will recover. Meanwhile, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was called in to inspect the job site.
If it is determined that safety hazards at the job site contributed to the accident, it is possible that the demolition company or building owner could face serious OSHA fines. When a person is injured at a construction site because of negligence on behalf of a third party, the third party may face liability in a personal injury lawsuit.
It’s extremely important that the proper safety guidelines are followed at construction and demolition sites. Luckily, this accident was nearly as serious as the recent Philadelphia building collapse that left several people dead and many others injured. That accident, too, occurred during the demolition of a building. Now investigators are trying to get to the bottom of that case as well.
Source: WGGB.com, “Worker Injured During Accident at Demolition Site in Holyoke,” June 11, 2013