25
Jun 2019
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Best Ideas to Avoid Injuries in the Food Manufacturing Industry

Massachusetts workers' compensation attorneyIn 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers. Approximately 19,740 happened in the food manufacturing industry.

As the population increases, so does the demand for the food manufacturing industry. This demand places increased pressure on employees to work faster and more efficiently.

As production increases, employers must find effective ways to promote employee safety, including:

  • Understanding what usually causes workplace accidents
  • Implementing employee safety training
  • Maintaining oversight to remove or reduce workplace hazards
  • Regularly offering safety tips and reminders to workers

Injuries likely to occur in food manufacturing

The most common injuries to occur in the food manufacturing industry include:

  • Sprains and strains: Workers who perform repetitive and awkward motions for long stretches of time are at a heightened risk of sustaining sprains and strains. Tasks may include portioning, cutting, and operating machines and tools. The likelihood of sustaining sprains and strains can be reduced by performing warm-up exercises and stretches prior to a shift.
  • Slips and falls: Slippery floor surfaces caused by spilled oil, water, and other liquids can put workers at risk of slipping and falling. These accidents often result in sprains, muscle tears, bone fractures, and lacerations. Slipping hazards can be reduced by installing nonslip flooring, requiring workers to wear non-slip footwear, and clearing debris from floors.
  • Machine-related injuries: Workers who operate machinery could be at risk of coming in contact with sharp blades or having body parts stuck in a machine. This can result in serious cuts, lacerations, bone fractures, and amputations. Machine-related injuries can be reduced by implementing guards and covers on certain machine components, as well as lockout processes to prevent equipment from automatically turning on when being serviced.

Safety first

Adequate training is key for safety in the food manufacturing industry. Employers should focus on the following areas:

  • How to properly use machines and tools
  • How to properly cut, prepare, portion, and package food
  • How to work efficiently with others to avoid accidents
  • How to maintain a safe and clean workspace
  • How to spot and remove hazards

Taking these precautions can only reduce the likelihood of injuries occurring on the job. Accidents happen unexpectedly, and sometimes in the safest work environments. That’s why if you been hurt at work, it’s important that you consider your legal options when pursuing a workers’ compensation claim.

The Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl can help guide you through the process and negotiate for a fair settlement. Contact us online today to get started. Consultations are free of charge.

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28
May 2019
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Saving Lives and Preventing Catastrophic Fire Damage: What to Look for

Massachusetts workers' compensation attorneyFire departments across the nation respond to about 13 calls from business and industry every hour, according to the National Fire Protection Association, in addition to the average of 43 calls from residential properties that come in hourly.

When it comes to workplace fire hazards in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Occupational Health and Safety Online the following factors:

  1. Clutter: Dust, shavings and waste in work areas.
  2. Improper Fire Extinguishers: Fire extinguishers are not designed for all types of fires.
  3. Electrical Issues: Extension cords, daisy-chained connections, overloaded outlets and blocked electrical panels.
  4. Inadequate Sprinkler Clearance: Items stored too close to sprinkler heads spray and the system’s ability to douse an area.
  5. Improperly Stored Chemicals: Hazardous substances that are not properly stowed, handled and utilized.
  6. Open Waste Containers: Lids not on containers that prevent the unintentional mixing of waste and dangerous vapor emissions.
  7. Improperly Rated Appliances and Tools: Household appliances, not industrial-rated tools, used for workplace tasks.
  8. Defective Detectors: Smoke alarms, carbon dioxide detectors and hazardous gas sensors not tested and, when necessary, calibrated. Emergency exit lighting, alarms and signs should be checked periodically.
  9. Blocked Aisles: Emergency exit paths not always kept clear.
  10. Unmanaged Hot Work: Safety procedures for welding, cutting, brazing and other hot work not followed.

Fire Dangers Far Too Common

Burn injuries occur under countless work-related circumstances, ranging from construction sites and restaurant kitchens to building fires and radiation exposure. Less obvious are fire injuries caused by exposure to toxic spills, hazardous chemicals, gas leaks and dangerous dusts. These pose a risk for workers at hardware stores, home supply stores, factories, gas stations, hospitals, pharmacies, and even schools, government buildings and in public transit jobs.

Symptoms include:

  • Dizziness, headaches, fatigue
  • Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
  • Chemical burns in the lungs and on skin
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Itchy, burning eyes
  • Racing heart or palpitations
  • Fever

Don’t Get Burned by Your Employer, Too

Burn injuries can be painful, debilitating and disfiguring, requiring extensive treatment or preventing the victim from ever returning to work. While victims are eligible for worker’s compensation benefits, the claims process is complex. A company attorney may try to blame the injury on you or downplay its significance. An insurance company may pressure you into accepting a financial settlement that comes nowhere close to meeting your needs because they know you are desperate. Furthermore, proving you’ve been injured by hazardous fumes or chemicals can be particularly difficult without the help of experts.

The workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl have been handling cases just like yours in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for 35 years. Their legal team will assist you in every step of the process, from filing your claim to negotiating with insurance companies. They have offices in Providence, Rhode Island, and Fall River and Foxboro, Massachusetts. Contact them today for a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation.

 

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15
May 2019
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Best Ideas to Avoid Posture-Related Injuries in Manufacturing

Massachusetts workers' compensation attorneyManufacturing usually involves highly repetitive job functions. According to EHS Today, many injuries among manufacturing workers are attributed to ergonomics, heavy lifting, and repetitive tasks. Postures plays a major role in the health and longevity of workers.

Poor posture can lead to painful musculoskeletal conditions and accident-related injuries. Over time, it can damage the joints, muscles, and ligaments. On the positive end, good posture can boost productivity.

Proper posture isn’t something that comes naturally to most people. It takes daily practice and mindfulness. When in a crunch of job-related stress, it’s very easy to forget to hold yourself upright.

In order to prevent an injury from occurring, it’s important to follow these suggestions provided by EHS Today.

When sitting:

In manufacturing, it’s common for some workers to primarily be seated at a station. While you’re unlikely to sustain an injury from sitting, developing musculoskeletal disorder is probable when taking posture and ergonomics into account.

When sitting, you can maintain proper posture by:

  • Positioning your buttocks all the way to the back of the chair.
  • Keeping your back straight and shoulders back.
  • Keeping your weight evenly distributed in the chair.
  • Keeping your knees as close to a right angle as possible.
  • Keeping your feet flat on the floor.

When lifting:

Proper posture is crucial when it comes to lifting, especially when lifting is repetitive. If an object is too heavy for you to lift, it’s not worth putting the strain on yourself and risking an injury. Always seek help from other workers.

When lifting, it’s important to:

  • Ensure that you have a firm grasp on an item before lifting it.
  • Ensure you have good footing and a wide stance when lifting heavy objects.
  • Bend with your knees and hips but lift with your legs. Avoid bending with your hips to reach down and pick up an object
  • Avoid reaching to lift items from tables, counters, or shelves. Always pull the item to the edge and lift it close to your body.

When driving:

Some manufacturing employees drive trucks or forklifts to transport objects. As with sitting at a work station, it’s important to follow these suggestions to maintain proper posture:

  • Avoid extending your arms to reach the steering wheel. Adjust your seat if you need to.
  • Ensure that your knees are bent, and your feet can comfortably reach the pedal.
  • Make sure your seat height is adjusted so your knees are at the same level as your hips.
  • Keep your back straight and rested against the back of your seat.
  • If need be, use a lumbar roll to support your back’s natural curve.

Injured on the job? Talk to an attorney today.

Maintaining good posture on the job can significantly reduce the likelihood of being injured. Whether your injury was posture-related or caused by another factor, you may be eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits.

Before filing your claim, it’s critical that you consult with an experienced Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney. To learn more, contact the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl today.

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25
Apr 2019
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What is the impact of opioids in the workplace on on-the-job injuries?

Massachusetts workers' compensation attorneyThe opioid epidemic has gained such a grip on the United States and Massachusetts residents and the impact can be felt everywhere, including the workplace. Common opioids used to treat work injuries include:

  • Oxycontin
  • Vicodin
  • Percocet
  • Demerol
  • Norco
  • Lorcet

According to the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), opioid prescriptions are most likely to given to injured workers who are older, work for companies with smaller payrolls, and in counties where more people have health insurance.

How opioid prescriptions impact workers

The study, dubbed Correlates of Opioid Dispensing, tapped into data on 1.4 million pain medication prescriptions filled within an 18-month period after an injury between October 2014 – September 2015.

The study found:

  • Workers age 55 and older received opioid prescriptions in 49 percent of injury cases, and two or more prescriptions in 24 percent of injury cases.
  • Workers ages 25-39 received opioid prescriptions in 42 percent of injury cases, and two or more prescriptions in 19 percent of injury cases.
  • Mining workers were the most likely to receive opioid prescriptions, accounting for 62 percent of the overall workforce. Construction workers were the second most likely, at 55 percent.
  • In areas with fewer than 20,000 residents, injured workers were prescribed opioids 68 percent of the time. In areas with more than 250,000, injured workers were prescribed opioids 54 percent of the time.
  • Among workers who sustained fractures, 79 percent received opioid prescriptions. For carpal tunnel and neurological spine pain, injured workers received opioids 70 percent and 66 percent of the time, respectively.

The long-term risks

According to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, injured workers who receive one week’s supply of opioids, or at least two opioid prescriptions, are twice as likely to sustain another injury within one year in contrast to those who don’t receive opioids.

This, in part, is due to the lingering effects of opioid painkillers. Upon returning to work after roughly three months of using opioid prescriptions, workers may experience dependency and tolerance to the drug.

At Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl, we are deeply concerned with how opioids impact workers. In the event of a workplace injury, we’ll gladly work with you to help you through the process of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits.

To learn more, contact us today to set up a free consultation.

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10
Apr 2019
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The Challenges of Collecting Workers’ Compensation in Mass.

Massachusetts workers' compensation attorneyWe think of workplace injuries as exclusively physical – slips, falls, and slipped discs — but at any given time, an employee could be experiencing mental health issues that could compromise his or her ability to work.

Some workers may wonder what their options are when it comes to the impact their jobs have on their mental health. It’s critical to understand the implications and challenges surrounding work-related mental health conditions, as well as the importance of addressing them.

Why workers are less likely to take time off due to mental health

In a recent Harris Poll survey, over 2,000 adults across the United States shared their perspectives on work-related burnout and mental health. Roughly 55 percent of respondents reported experiencing burnout on the job, but only 34 percent took time off because of it.

The survey identified the primary reasons why workers were less likely to take time off due to mental health:

  • 46 percent of respondents said that employers wouldn’t consider mental health an acceptable reason to take time off from work.
  • 39 percent reported being too busy to take time off from work to address mental health.
  • 36 percent didn’t want to deal with the shame or judgment by co-workers.
  • 35 percent feared that someone else would take over their responsibilities.
  • 33 percent feared the social stigma surrounding mental health.

Work-related burnout can manifest in many ways and can often lead to some of the most devastating injuries to workers. Among survey respondents who experienced burnout on the job:

  • 68 percent reported feeling fatigued
  • 65 percent reported having anxiety
  • 53 percent reported symptoms of anger
  • 48 reported depression

Why mental health matters

Collecting workers’ compensation due to mental health issues can be challenging. Most importantly, any injury (whether physical or mental) must have occurred within the scope of your employment. Otherwise, your claim will likely be denied. If you slipped and fell at work, there is hard evidence that you were injured on the job but proving that the conditions of your job caused burnout can be difficult.

In some cases, enough evidence can exist to prove that a work-related incident caused a mental injury. For example, a worker could suffer anxiety or PTSD after experiencing bullying or violence on the job.

Nonetheless, mental health in the workplace should be addressed by employers. In many cases, symptoms of burnout play a factor in physical injuries that occur on the job. For example, an anxious worker may be more likely to take unnecessary risks that could result in an injury. In addition, burnout and worker fatigue is a common factor in serious workplace injuries.

If an incident at work, or the conditions of your job, caused any type of injury, it should be reported to your employer immediately. An experienced Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney can review the details surrounding your accident and help you explore your legal options. If you’ve been hurt on the job, contact Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl.

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18
Mar 2019
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Our Attorneys Offer Ideas to Avoid Work-Related Knee Injuries

Massachusetts workers' compensation attorneyOur knees bear a lot of the workload for our bodies. We use them for walking, lifting, kneeling, and almost every other physical activity on the job. With all that pressure, it is little surprise injuries at work often happen to our knees.

How common are work-related knee injuries?

In a systematic study of work-related knee injuries conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) that studied data from emergency department surveillance, researchers established that knees were the second-most common body part to suffer a work-related injury that resulted in days away from work. The spine took top place.

There was some variance based on factors like industry, age, and gender. The rate of knee injuries relative to all work-related injuries was twice as high in federal and state employees compared to the private sector. Within the private sector, the highest rates of knee injury were found to be in transportation and warehouse work, utilities, and then construction. Younger workers of all genders had a high rate of knee injuries, and older women in the workforce showed similar results.

Knee injuries at a glance

There are a variety of knee injuries one can suffer at the workplace. Some, like osteoarthritis, arise slowly from regular wear and tear on the joint or factors that can be aggravated, but not necessarily always caused, by personal or environmental conditions. That link also describes what to expect with more acute conditions that can be directly caused by a workplace accident.

These include bursitis, when overuse or falls cause irritation to a fluid sac above the knee; patellar dislocation, when the kneecap is moved out of place; or a meniscal tear, where the cartilage in the knee is ripped and causes friction.

Each of these requires rest and some form of pain management. Some conditions may require more extensive work, like removing excess fluid, physical therapy, or even surgery. The common factor is time. Employees who suffer a workplace injury to one or both knees will need time to rest the joint and allow it to recover, as returning to activity too soon can make the problem even worse.

This is a problem when employers will not take responsibility for their involvement in the injury, or when worker’s compensation will not provide adequate means to recover. When this happens, you need someone to help you navigate the law and receive the justice you deserve. Contact us today to learn how we can help.

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4
Mar 2019
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Attorneys Discuss the Damaging Impact of Crystalline Silica Exposure

Massachusetts workers' compensation attorneyCrystalline silica is a major component of soil, sand, and granite, as well as other materials that construction crews work with daily. It is a known human lung carcinogen, which means exposure to it could cause lung cancer.

It can also cause silicosis, a condition which can yield debilitating symptoms or even death. Some symptoms of silicosis include shortness of breath when exercising, fatigue, chest pain or other respiratory issues. Silicosis is a chronic disease that can appear even decades after exposure.

Who is the most at risk?

In order to determine the magnitude of the exposure to crystalline silica among construction crews, The Department of Public Health along with the University of Massachusetts in Lowell sent a team of researchers out to collect “personal breathing-zone samples,” as well as “area samples” from demolition sites and bridge repair sites.

They found that construction workers who were chipping off concrete on the substructures of bridges were inhaling the highest concentrations of crystalline silica, at an average of 527 micrograms per cubic meter of air. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations state that any concentration above 50 micrograms could have devastating health consequences. That means at this single site, workers were inhaling ten times the required limit put forth by OSHA.

Of the samples gathered, those from other laborers and engineers had the lowest level of exposure at only 17 micrograms per cubic meter. The researchers also found that, even with the use of masks and other respiratory protectors, exposure was still an issue.

You’ve given us your best. Let us do the same

Our construction workers are a vital part of our economy. They brave all manner of extreme weather and hazardous road conditions every day. They sacrifice so much to provide us with sturdy roads, houses and businesses. Their dignified work should not come at the cost of their health.

At the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl, our team fights for construction workers and all others who have been injured on the job. We believe that a successful case starts with building a strong, trusting relationship with our clients. From your first call to your last court date and beyond, we work tirelessly to get you the care and compensation you so rightly deserve. If you were injured at a job site, don’t wait. Contact us. We’ll take care of the rest.

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5
Feb 2019
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Winter Risks Outdoor Workers in Massachusetts Face: Our Attorneys Discuss

Massachusetts workers' compensation attorneyWe are in the middle of winter, which spells danger for those who work outdoors. Cold temperatures, icy conditions, and snow-related accident risks most commonly impact construction workers, snow-removal workers, utility workers, drivers and other employees whose job duties require them to endure these winter conditions.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified several hazards workers face during the winter and ways you can protect yourself.

For employees who drive

If the scope of your employment requires you to be on the road, it is the responsibility of your employer to promote safe driving habits, including:

  • Ensuring that employees are trained on how to navigate winter weather conditions.
  • Ensuring that company vehicles come with functional brakes, adequate antifreeze and water levels in the cooling system, fully charged battery, functioning alternator, up-to-date engine systems, functioning exhaust system, well-maintained tires, adequate oil level, and up-to-date lights, defrosters, and wipers.
  • Ensuring that drivers are equipped with emergency kits. OSHA suggests providing employees with a cellphone or two-way radio, ice scraper, snow brush, flashlight, shovel, tow chain, traction aid, emergency flares, jumper cables, snacks, water, maps, blankets, and a change of clothes.

Outdoor work zones

When roads, sidewalks, or work zones are compromised by snow or ice, workers are susceptible to devastating accidents. They can be struck by skidding vehicles or work equipment. In order to protect workers, employers should implement traffic control signs, cones, barrels, and barriers. Additionally, workers should be equipped with highly visible vests or jackets.

Snow-removal workers are often at risk of exhaustion, dehydration, back injuries, or heart attacks while shoveling. Employers should offer frequent breaks and allow workers to warm up in order to prevent cold stress, hypothermia, or frostbite.

When using powered snow blowers, it is crucial that all equipment is unplugged from power sources or offer protection to prevent electrocutions. Equipment should be powered off when workers clear jams, as moving parts can cause lacerations and even amputations.

When clearing snow from rooftops, employers should train workers on how to properly use ladders, aerial lifts, and to be cautious of falling snow and ice.

Slip and fall hazards

Any worker who steps outside during the winter during the scope of his or her employment is at risk of slipping and falling. These accidents can happen to construction workers who spend the vast amount of time outdoors, or retail workers whose job functions could require only occasional outdoor duties.

In order to prevent slip and falls, it’s up to employers to make sure that parking lots are plowed and all walking surfaces are free of snow and ice. Slip and falls are not just an outdoor risk. Snow, slush, or water tracked in from outdoors can create a slipping hazard, too.

Obtaining workers’ compensation

Regardless of what caused your work-related injury, it’s critical that you notify your employer and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your next step should be to file a workers’ compensation claim. This process isn’t easy. The paperwork can be confusing and if not done correctly, insurance companies may be likely to deny your claim.

Don’t go it alone. Speak to an experienced Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney who can help you navigate the process and negotiate for a fair settlement. To learn more, contact us today.

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4
Feb 2019
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Injury Risks Teenage Workers Face in Massachusetts

Massachusetts workers' compensation attorneyTeenagers are some of the most vulnerable workers in Massachusetts. Most of them are entering the workforce for the first time.

According to an annual report published by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 17 percent of teenagers ages 15 to 17 were employed across the state at some point in 2015. From 2011 to 2015, there were approximately 1,379 emergency department visits due to job-related injuries to workers under age 18, according to data collected by the Young Workers Project (YWP). Additionally, there were 569 workers’ compensation claims filed for the same age group.

One 17-year-old worker recounts an incident in which he fell backward off a ladder while lifting boxes in a stock room. His employer never instructed him on how to use a ladder safely.  Another teenage worker states, “My boss made me clean up hot coffee and grinds that had spilled and burnt me during my shift. I never received information on how to prevent or treat burns at work.”

Most dangerous industries for teen workers

The annual report identified the most common injuries to teenage workers that resulted in workers’ compensation claims. They included:

  • Sprains and strains – 30 percent
  • Open wounds – 25 percent
  • Fractures – 11 percent
  • Bruises – 11 percent
  • Burns – 10 percent
  • Other – 11 percent

The majority of workers’ compensation claims involving teenage workers included:

  • Accommodation and food service – 37 percent
  • Retail – 19 percent
  • Health care and social assistance – 11 percent
  • Construction – 4 percent
  • Other – 29 percent

A study into concussions

YWP began collecting data on work-related concussions in 1993 and documented a total of 81 workers’ compensation claims for workers ages 14 to 17. Approximately 44 percent of those head injuries occurred between 2011 and 2015, with 61 percent of them affecting 17-year-olds.

Among teenage workers, concussions were most likely to occur in restaurants (22%), grocery stores (17%), and municipal employers (11%). The most common causes of concussions included:

  • Hitting head on an object while standing or walking – 22 percent
  • Slipping and/or falling – 1 in 6
  • Playing or supervising work-related sports – 14 percent

Signs of a concussion include:

  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Clumsiness
  • Delayed responses
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Changes in mood, behavior and personality
  • Loss of memory
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Poor balance
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise

Obtaining workers’ compensation

Whether you’ve been working for a year or two, or you’re just entering the workforce, it’s important to understand your rights if you sustain an injury on the job. Workers’ compensation not only covers partial lost wages for the time you spend away from work, it covers your medical expenses as well.

Obtaining workers’ compensation can be very complicated. The insurance companies responsible for handling benefits might take advantage of the biases towards teenagers. They might claim you were irresponsible or that getting hurt is something that just happens at your age.

However, the legal team at the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl know that these biases aren’t true. Regardless of your age or level of work experience, we can work with you to make sure you’re treated fairly. Contact us today to discuss your legal options.

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8
Jan 2019
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Fatal Construction Accidents More Likely In Small Companies

Massachusetts workers' compensation attorneyConstruction work is dangerous across the board, but some construction workers are in more danger than others. The data shows that the number of workers employed by a construction company can make a significant difference when it comes to safety.  

In a 2018 quarterly report published by the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), small construction companies – that is, companies with no more than 19 employees – experienced about 67 percent of all construction-related fatalities in 2016. 

Why does this happen? As a rule, smaller construction companies may require their workers to exert themselves to excess while taking on large construction projects. Additionally, smaller companies may be more likely to cut costs and time by ignoring safety procedures and guidelines. In both instances, workers are put at a higher risk of being fatally injured. 

A deeper dive into the findings

From 2011 to 2016, the most common fatal construction accidents, coined “The fatal four” by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), included: 

  • Falls to lower levels: Involves falling from scaffolds, ladders, and other heights. Construction companies with no more than 10 employees experienced 61.5 percent of these fatal accidents. 
  • Struck by accidents: Construction companies with no more than 10 employees experienced 32.8 percent of fatal accidents involving workers being struck by equipment and debris. 
  • Electrocutions: Electrocution deaths on construction sites are often caused by exposed wires or wires in contact with water. Companies with no more than 10 employees experienced 55.6 percent of these fatal accidents. 
  • Caught-in/between accidents: Involves being caught in or between equipment or structures. Construction companies with no more than 10 employees experienced 44.9 of these fatal accidents. 

During that same time period, construction companies with no more than 10 employees had the majority of fatal accidents in certain subsectors. These include: 

  • Residential building: 77.6 percent 
  • Siding contractors: 75.7 percent 
  • Framing contractors: 75 percent 
  • Painting and wall covering: 72.9 percent 
  • Roofing contractors: 70.7 percent 
  • Masonry contractors: 65.6 percent 
  • Drywall and insulation: 56.3 percent 
  • Plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning: 52.1 percent 

Of course, fatal accidents happen at larger construction companies as well. Businesses of all sizes cut corners on safety. 

Injured on the job? Know your rights

Even when construction accidents aren’t fatal, they can leave workers with devastating injuries that can require months of medical treatment. X-rays, pain medication, physical therapy, and surgery aren’t cheap. You may wonder how you can afford to pay hefty medical expenses if you’re unable to work.  

Luckily, if you are injured on the job in Massachusetts – regardless of who’s at fault in most cases – you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This will cover your medical bills and partial wages you earned while at work. Contact the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl today to get your claim started.

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