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December 12, 2014,

Fall River Construction Worker Dies While Working On Natural Gas Lines in Road Project

A Fall River worker was recently killed when he was struck by a piece of construction equipment in the head. The “fusing machine” swung toward 45-year-old Paulo Matos, fatally injuring him after workers lost control of the device. At the time, the construction worker was working on natural gas lines in a road project.

Matos worked for AGI Construction, a contracting company. The state's Department of Transportation and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the work accident.

Please contact our Massachusetts worker’s compensation lawyers today if you or your loved one were seriously injured in an accident on the job. You typically cannot sue your employer but you should be entitled to work injury benefits. Also, other parties who were involved in the job but are not your employer could potentially be held liable if their negligence contributed to the construction accident injury or death.

For example, recently, the parents of Drew Kimberl sued a construction company for $10 million, seeking wrongful death damages. The 18-year-old and three other workers were unbolting 588-pound panels while disassembling a temporary bridge earlier this year when the panels dropped on Kimberl, crushing him.

The Kimberls name GLF Construction Corp. and the Florida Department of Transportation in their wrongful death lawsuit. They claim that the two entities failed to keep a proper work site and did not tell workers about the dangers involved in the job.

They contend that Kimberl was hired the year before his death even though he had no previous construction experience. The Kimberls say their son never had to attend a safety meeting.

Massachusetts Workers' Compensation

Construction sites can be a dangerous place of work. It is the responsibility of those in charge of the project and workers to maintain a safe environment. Even if a worker played a part in causing his/her work injury/death, this would not exempt him from his right to receive Massachusetts workers’ compensation damages.

Police ID construction worker killed in Warwick, WPRI, November 13, 2014

Swinging equipment blamed in death of construction worker, Warwick Beacon, November 13, 2014

Family files $10M suit in construction death
, Tallahassee Democrat, December 12, 2014

December 4, 2014,

Worker Killed in Peabody, MA Industrial Accident

A male worker was killed after he was struck by a front-end loader in a Massachusetts industrial accident at Allied Waste Services in Peabody last month. According to police, the worker was clearing a drain when the incident happened. Joshua Black, 26, was from Wilmington.

First responders say that he was not breathing by the time they arrived. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the Peabody work accident.

In another recent Massachusetts industrial accident, also last month, co-workers found a 33-year-old worker injured on a conveyor belt in the Cargill Salt Company in Westfield. The belt is used to service a salt pile.

OSHA and authorities are also investigating the Westfield work accident.

Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation
If you are the dependent or spouse of a worker who sustained fatal injuries on the job, you could be entitled to Massachusetts workers’ compensation for death benefits, including burial costs and weekly benefits the equivalent of two-thirds of the deceased’s average weekly wage up to a certain amount. You may, however, want to hire an experienced Boston workers’ compensation law firm to make sure you receive all of the benefits to which you and your family are entitled.

In Massachusetts, employees or their families cannot sue an employer for personal injury over a work accident. They are, however, typically entitled to work injury benefits regardless of who was at fault. Depending on the specifics and causes of an industrial accident, there may be other parties that can and should be held liable for Massachusetts personal injury or wrongful death.

Industrial Accidents
Unfortunately, thousands of workers sustain serious and fatal injuries in industrial accidents every year in the U.S. In addition to work accidents involving equipment and machinery, there is also the risk of exposure to dangerous and hazardous substances, as well as potentially unsafe working conditions—especially if the proper safety procedures were not followed. Industrial accidents may involve fires, explosions, drilling accidents, gas exposures, fatal falls, electrocution, construction accidents, scaffolding accidents, crane accidents, and other injury incidents.

Contact our Boston industrial accident attorneys today at Altman & Altman, LLP today.

Employee of Westfield road salt facility dies in accident involving conveyor belt, DailyJournal/AP, November 20, 2014

Man killed at Allied Waste Services in Peabody ID'd as Joshua Black of Wilmington, The Salem News, November 28, 2014

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November 30, 2014,

How Cold Is Too Cold? Tips for Protecting Workers During the Winter Months

With the winter upon us, workers and their employers should begin considering the risks and hazards of working is a cold environment. Those workers who regularly work outdoors for extended periods of time, such as snow cleanup crews, sanitation workers, police officers and emergency response and recovery personnel, are at a nominal risk for experiencing cold stress.

Compiled from the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s website, we’d like to share some FAQ’s, tips and information to prevent cold stress during this imminent winter weather.

How cold is too cold?

Extreme cold and its effects ultimately vary across different areas of the country; in regions that are not used to winter weather, near freezing temperatures are considered "extreme cold." When the temperatures dip too low, the body is forced to work harder to maintain its temperature. Additionally, colder-than-normal temperatures can cause body heat to leave the body more rapidly. Wind chill is the temperature your body feels when air temperature and wind speed are combined. For example, when the air temperature is 40°F, and the wind speed is 35 mph, the effect on the exposed skin is as if the air temperature was 28°F.

Cold stress occurs by driving down the skin temperature and eventually the internal body temperature (core temperature). This drastic change can easily lead to serious health problems including serious tissue damage and even death.

What are the risk factors that contribute to cold stress?

Some of the risk factors that contribute to cold stress are: wetness or dampness, dressing improperly, and exhaustion. Additionally predisposing health conditions such as hypertension, hypothyroidism, diabetes and poor physical conditioning increase a person’s risk for cold stress.

Continue reading "How Cold Is Too Cold? Tips for Protecting Workers During the Winter Months" »

November 30, 2014,

Billerica Freight Shipping Terminal
Fined by OSHA for Exposing Workers to Hazardous Conditions

Employees at the Central Transport LLC freight-shipping terminal in Billerica were exposed to numerous hazardous conditions including potential electrocution, falls, crushing and other injuries. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the workers’ employer knowingly and repeatedly disregarded basic worker safeguards to prevent such injuries from occurring; the company now face $330,800 in fines for those hazards.

According to a press release published by OSHA last week, OSHA’s acting deputy regional administrator for New England Jeffrey A. Erskine said, "several hazards were brought to management's attention, but the company took no corrective action, while other conditions were strikingly similar to violations for which Central Transport was previously cited at its locations in Illinois and Mississippi. The cited conditions put employees at risk of deadly or disabling injuries."

An inspection revealed that the company’s building leaked water on to the work floor where electrical cabinets and forklift battery chargers were located; employees were forced to stand in water while plugging in the battery chargers and drove forklifts on slippery surfaces. These conditions ultimately exposed individuals to possible electrocution, as well as forklift tip-overs and slipping hazards.

Additionally, OSHA investigators found that workers were exposed to fall hazards from the loading dock entrance ramp, which was lacking required safety guardrails. Finally, inspectors found workers faced potential crushing or struck-by injuries from defective forklifts that were not removed from service. OSHA alleged that the company had ample knowledge of all of these hazards and did not address any of the conditions. Thus, OSHA fined Central Transport for 4 willful violations, which carry $242,000 in fines, as well as two repeat violations totaling $44,000 in fines (for unstable and insecure stacking of materials and failure to inform employees of the dangers associated with hazardous chemicals) and 8 serious violations carrying $44,800 in fines (for inadequately evaluating workers’ abilities to operate forklifts; unattended forklifts; lack of fire extinguishers; and tripping and electrical hazards).

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November 26, 2014,

Boston Porch Collapse Injures One Worker, Kills Another In Jamaica Plain Construction Accident

A construction worker was killed and another seriously injured when they fell from a porch that was under construction in Jamaica Plain. At the time of the Boston construction accident the workers were building rear porches.

Bill McCarthy, who is the worker that survived with injuries, said he is not sure why the porch collapsed. He fell from the top deck to the deck on the second floor. Construction worker Steve Lathrop, who fell to 30 feet to the ground, sustained fatal injuries.

Boston police are investigating the accident. According to the Boston Herald, a day before the tragic accident, the building permit for the job was pulled.

The Inspectional Services Department will issue violations to the contractor for what they are describing was illegal porch reconstruction and lack of a proper permit. A building permit, however, was approved Monday to replace worn out deck and porch parts to bring them up to code.

Unfortunately, construction falls continue to be a leading cause of fatalities in the industry. Common construction falls include:

• Falls from elevated heights, including rooftops, balconies, and porches
• Falls through holes and skylights
• Scaffolding falls
• Crane accident falls
• Step ladder falls
• Falls from moving machinery
• Slip and fall accidents

Boston Workers’ Compensation
While construction workers typically are not allowed to sue their employer for injuries on the job, they should be able to file a Massachusetts workers’ compensation claim for injury benefits. You also will need to have your medical and rehabilitation costs covered by your employer's insurer. If you lost a loved one in a Boston construction accident, Massachusetts workers’ compensation could entitle you to death benefits.

Work injury benefits usually include coverage of your related medical expenses, 60% of your average income (or more if you sustained disability), disability payments, vocational retraining if you cannot go back to your original job, and compensation for loss of function, scars, or disfigurement. Unfortunately, employers and insurers may try to counter your claim to prevent you from getting paid.

A Boston workers’ compensation accident lawyer can protect your rights while making sure that you receive all of the benefits you are owed. Also, there may be other parties that you should sue for the injuries you or your family member sustained in a Massachusetts construction accident. Contact Altman & Altman LLP today.

City: Contractor failed to pull permit on fatal job, Boston Herald, November 26, 2014

City: Contractor failed to pull permit on fatal job, Boston.com, November 26, 2014

Workers' Compensation
, Mass.gov

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November 18, 2014,

Slip and Fall Accidents Can Cause Injuries on the Job, Lead to Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Claims

With snow already arriving in certain areas of the state, now is a good time to talk about how Massachusetts slip and fall accidents on ice and snow can easily cause injuries to workers on the job. The risks of injury is high enough that, according to workers’ compensation carriers United Heartland andAccident Fund Insurance Company of America, this type of accident comprises close to one third of all work injury claims in the Midwest that require a worker take time off work. That said, in 2013 there were also workers who were involved in slip and fall accidents in other regions undergoing icy conditions in the U.S.

In Massachusetts, please contact our Boston workers’ compensation lawyers if you were involved in a slip and fall accident while working. It is important that you file your work injury claim with your employer right away. Unfortunately, there may be challenges in getting your compensation on time or receiving your compensation at all, which is why you want to work with an experienced Massachusetts work injury law firm that can help you while protecting your rights.

The United Heartland and Accident Fund are offering the following suggestions to minimize the chance of a slip and fall work accident:

• Wear boots or other slip-resistant shoes
• Walk slowly and purposely
• Watch out for black ice formations
• Watch out for icy or slippery floors outside building entrances
• Be careful getting in and out of cars
• Try to keep your hands free in case you do have a slip and fall accident

Employers should also implement snow and ice removal plans to make sure that surface areas for walking are safe for workers and patrons. Because an employee cannot sue his/her employer for Boston personal injury, it is important that they submit their Massachusetts’ workers compensation claim to get coverage for their medical costs, lost wages, and other related expenses.

Slip and fall accidents can be incredibly painful, leading to back injuries, hip injuries, broken bones, head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even death. If a party that was not your employer caused your Boston slip and fall injury on the job, you may be able to sue that party or parties for Massachusetts premises liability damages.

Slip and fall accidents can also happen on the job even when there isn’t snow or ice involved. Common causes of this type of work incident:

• Spilled liquids
• Poor lighting
• Uneven flooring
• Torn carpet
• Exposed cables and electrical cords
• Holes in the floor
• Uneven or broken stares
• Failure to warn of hazards

Altman & Altman, LLP is a Boston workers’ compensation law firm that represents injured workers throughout the state.

Nearly One Third of Workers' Comp Claims in the Midwest Caused by Slips and Falls on Ice and Snow, InsuranceNetnews.com, November 6, 2014

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November 14, 2014,

Study of Workers’ Compensation Claims Shows that Massachusetts Doctors Prescribe Strongest Painkillers Most Often

According to a study of workers’ compensation claims, from 2010 to 2012, doctors in Massachusetts were likely to prescribe the strongest painkillers for injuries sustained on the job more often than physicians in other states. The Workers Compensation Research Institute conducted the study, which examined workers’ nonsurgical claims involving over seven days of time lost from work. The group looked at employee claims in twenty-five states.

Schedule II drugs include the strongest narcotics. In addition to being the most potent narcotic they carry the highest risk for addiction and abuse. Prescription opiate addicts may even switch to heroin.

The researchers did not provide a reason reason why Massachusetts physicians were the ones prescribing the most drugs to injured workers. The state even has a number of laws in place to prevent over-prescription of opiates. Doctors can’t dispense drugs from their offices, which means profit is not a motivation. The study did, however, note that there was more opiate prescribing going on in the Northeastern part of the U.S.

• Injuries on the job usually entitle a worker to Boston, Massachusetts workers’ compensation benefits, including—depending on the type and extent of your injury: Medical benefits, such as hospitalization, surgery, prescription drugs, doctors’ fees, procedures, tests, therapy, and other required medical services,
• Cash benefits for lost income, scarring, body function loss
• Vocational rehabilitation benefits.

If a worker’s injury or illness leads to fatality, then family members should be entitled to death benefits.

The best way of ensuring that your employer and insurer are providing you with all the benefits to which you are entitled is to speak with an experienced Boston workers’ compensation law firm.

Workers' Compensation: What Benefits Will I Get?, MassResources.org

The Workers Compensation Research Institute

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November 10, 2014,

Newburyport, MA Construction Accident Leaves Worker with Burn Injuries

Two workers sustained burn injuries in a Newbury, MA construction accident on Tuesday. The incident took place in a trench close to a gas line.

At the time, crews were replacing old gas pipes when a flash fire ignited as a worker was welding a cap onto the old gas line. According to firefighters, there was still some residual gas, which was ignited by the welding torch.

Another worker ran to the trench, pulling the other man out. Both men were taken to the hospital. The worker who was in a trench when the fire happened sustained severe burn injuries to his face. The other worker sustained minor burns from the rescue.

The crews at the scene worked for contractor Midway Construction and National Grid.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is probing the Massachusetts construction accident.

Construction Accident Fires

Unfortunately, fires can happen at construction sites. Common causes of construction fires include propane, electrical short-circuiting, gas lines, acetylene tanks, and electrocution accidents.

Depending on the severity of the injuries a worker may even sustain permanent disfigurement and disability. The construction worker may have to undergo costly and painful rehabilitation. If the injuries are severe enough, returning to work in the construction industry may prove impossible.

Although construction workers cannot sue their employer for Boston construction accident compensation, there may be other parties involved that they can file damages again. They also are likely entitled to Massachusetts workers’ compensation.

Ideally when a worker files a Boston workers' compensation claim, the employer should be able to collect all benefits without problem or delay. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. There may be delays in payment or disputes over what (if any) is owed. That is why retaining a Massachusetts construction accident lawyer who is experienced in both personal injury and workers’ compensation can help insure that you receive all of your work injury benefits and any other damages you should receive.

Worker Burned In Newburyport Construction Accident, CBS Boston, November 4, 2014

Occupational Safety & Health Administration, United States Department of Labor

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October 30, 2014,

Ebola Crisis Puts the Focus On Workplace Safety for Healthcare Workers, Nurses

The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus is raising questions about whether or not the proper precautious are in place to protect healthcare workers, including nurses, who are often front and center when it comes to taking care of patients with infectious diseases. In the U.S., nurses Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham were infected with Ebola while working at a hospital. They both treated Thomas Eric Duncan, who is the first person to die in from the virus in this country.

Fortunately, both women received the necessary medical care and they no longer have the disease. Early diagnosis of their condition may have helped.

Last week, over 200 nurses gathered outside the National Nurses United headquarters in California to call for tighter protections for healthcare workers from Ebola. The NNU believes that Vincent and Pham were exposed to the Ebola virus because the necessary safety controls were not set up at the hospital where they worked. In a recent survey, four out of five nurses said that have not been instructed on how to handle patients with Ebola.

State laws typically do not allow workers who get sick or hurt on the job to sue their employer. However, employees should be entitled to work injury benefits. In Massachusetts, please contact Altman & Altman. One of our Boston workers’ compensation lawyers would be happy to help you determine if you should get legal representation to protect your rights and ensure that you get all of the benefits that you are owed.

The Ebola virus is transmissible through bodily fluids. However, the contagion cannot occur unless those infected are exhibiting symptoms, such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, a raised rash, red eyes stomach pain, coughing, chest pain, bruising, bleeding, and stomach pain.

To date, the Ebola virus has killed at least 5,000 people. This latest outbreak originated in West Africa.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has regulations for how to protect workers from infectious disease, including its Bloodborne Pathogen Standard. This standard mandates that hospitals provide nurses with the necessary protective equipment so that potentially infectious material don’t make contact with workers’ clothes, face, skin, or mucous membranes.

OSHA also has requirements for respiratory protections from airborne particles that might be carrying the virus, as well as standards for protective equipment. The rules apply to anyone that could come in contact with an infections disease while on the job, including nurses, lab workers, airline flight crews, morticians, and customs agents. However, due to budget cuts and inadequate political support, these regulations are not properly enforced.

According to OSHA, hospitals are one of the most dangerous places to work. Yet inspections of hospitals to assess their working conditions have declined.

For every 100 nursing staffers, 7.6 a year are subject to nonfatal illness and injury on the job. The nursing profession is dominated by women. 90% of nurses are female.

Other common health risks for nurses on the job included musculoskeletal injuries from lifting patients, contagion by blood, physical assault, and verbal abuse. Nursing aides and assistants are also at risks of injury and illness.

Our Massachusetts workers’ compensation lawyers represent workers and their families throughout the state.

These Rules Can Protect Doctors and Nurses From Ebola—If They're Followed, Mother Jones, October 24, 2014

As U. S. Hospitals Prepare Ebola Response, Nurses Must Have A Seat At The Table, cognoscenti.wbur.org, October 30, 2014

Ebola Fast Facts, CNN, October 27, 2014

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October 24, 2014,

OSHA Fines MA FedEx Ground Packaging System, Inc. for Guarding Machine Hazard

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration fined FedEx Ground Packaging System, Inc. upon finding an unguarded conveyor belt at the company’s Wilmington, MA shipping distribution center.

After inspecting the Wilmington facility, OSHA officials discovered that the belt conveyor system’s rotating parts were insufficiently guarded on the periphery to prevent employee’s fingers and hands from potentially becoming caught. Failing to guard the conveyor belt could have resulted in injuries, including pinched and crushed fingers and hands, concussions, abrasions and serious nerve damage. Proper machine guarding would ensure that no part of an employee’s body would come into contact with the machine’s moving parts.

According to OSHA’s records, the company has already twice been cited for similar safety violations in 2010 and 2011 at facilities in Grove City, Ohio, and in Syracuse, New York.

"It is critical for workers' safety and health that an employer with multiple facilities, such as this, ensures that required safeguards are in place and maintained effectively at all times in all locations," Jeffrey Erskine, OSHA's acting deputy regional administrator for New England said.

Considering the company’s prior violations, OSHA cited FedEx for a repeat violation with a proposed fine of $44,000. According to OSHA, a repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

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September 28, 2014,

MA Electrical Company Cited By U.S. Department of Labor After Deaths of 2 Workers

Massachusetts Bay Electrical Corporation was cited by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) last week, following the deaths of two of workers in April.

According to reports by OSHA officials, the two electrical workers had been working in Bourne, MA, from a raised personnel platform attached to an Elliot 40142 truck-mounted crane. Then men, who were performing maintenance work on power lines along the mainland side of the Cape Cod Canal, fell more than 150 feet when the crane suddenly overturned. Both men tragically sustained fatal injuries.

Brenda Gordon, OSHA’s area director for Boston and southeastern Massachusetts said that the accident could have been prevented had the employer supplied the men with adequate training that would have ultimately allowed the men to conduct their work safely.

Following a months-long investigation, OSHA officials found that the employees were not properly trained or evaluated on how to use the Elliott 40142 truck-mounted crane. The report also found that supervisors at the job site did not follow procedures for setting up and operating the crane in accordance with the crane's safety manual, even though the manual was in the crane and at the job site. “They also did not conduct proper pre-lift planning and other required tests to ensure that the lift could be done safely.”

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September 26, 2014,

Cape Cod MA Crane Accident Deaths Were Preventable

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that the Bourne, Massachusetts crane accident deaths of two works last April could have been prevented if only the proper working conditions and procedures were followed. Joseph L. Boyd III from Fall River and John Loughran from Quincy died on April 12. The two of them worked for the Massachusetts Bay Electrical Corp. They were over 150 feet in the air working on electrical lines when the boom fell to the ground. They died immediately.

According to OSHA, the company’s employees did not get the proper training and were not assessed regarding their ability to work the crane. The government agency found that supervisors at the site failed to follow procedures for setting up and running the crane even though there was an operating manual available. They also failed to perform the correct prelift planning and other necessary tests to make sure the lift could be conducted safely.

Now, Massachusetts Bay has been ordered to pay a $168,000 fine for workplace violations, including the failure to use load charts to assess the minimum angle of the boom angle, failure to use an aerial lift, and allowing the crane to run at over 50% the rated capacity for its configuration.

If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a Boston crane accident you should speak with a Massachusetts workers’ compensation law firm right away. In most cases you will not be able to sue the lawyer for personal injury. You or your loved one should, however, be entitled to work injury benefits. You also may be able to file a Boston construction accident case against third parties that are not your employer over the work accident.

Every year, workers are injured or killed in crane accidents. Many of these incidents could have been prevented if only the proper safety guidelines were followed and workers were adequately trained. Some common causes of crane accidents include:

• Improper crane operation
• Using the wrong crane
• Crane malfunction
• Unsafe working conditions
• Improper crane set up
• Crane fall

This week, OSHA put out a final rule extending the deadline for when compliance of the crane operator certification requirements will be mandatory. The rule also gives an extension to employers for making sure that crane operators are competent enough to safely run a crane. Deadline for both is November 10, 2017.

Meantime, the following requirements need to be followed: The employer has to train employees tasked with operating machinery and make sure that they are evaluated on training materials. An employer must make sure that crane operators are competent enough to safely run equipment.

Massachusetts Bay Electrical Corp. cited for safety violations in connection
with 2 worker fatalities on Cape Cod, Massachusetts
, OSHA, September 24, 2014

Mass. Company Fined in Wake of Cape Cod Crane Deaths, Insurance Journal, September 26, 2014

OSHA Extends Operator Certification Requirement for Cranes in Construction, The National Law Review, September 26, 2014

Two Injured in North End Crane Collapse, Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, May 16, 2014

Worker Who Suffered Electrical Explosion Injuries Awarded $3.8 Million, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, March 18, 2014