All too often, construction workers are injured or killed on the job in Massachusetts. Just this week, a 27-year-old construction worker was killed while working at a construction site in Plymouth. Officials said that the worker was constructing a wall on Tuesday morning at a residential development when it suddenly collapsed, trapping him under the wood and steel.
At this point, officials have not identified the worker, who died at the scene. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been called to the scene of the construction accident to investigate. The OSHA inspectors will look for safety hazards at the job site that could have contributed to the accident. If safety hazards are discovered, the construction company could potentially face citations and large fines.
Additionally, if negligence on behalf of a third-party contributed to the accident, it is possible that the family of the worker who was killed could have a claim for wrongful death. Losing a loved one in an accident caused by negligence only adds to the pain felt by family members. Not only do they have to deal with the loss, they also are left wondering what to do next.
In a situation like this, it is vital that the family consults with a personal injury lawyer who will put their needs and concerns first. An experienced personal injury lawyer will know how to investigate the insurance coverage involved, identify and liable parties and investigate the fatal accident thoroughly so that the family can focus on grieving the loss of their loved one.
Source: CBS Boston, “Worker Dies In Construction Accident In Plymouth,” Bill Shields, July 23, 2013