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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

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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

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September 4, 2014,

I’ve Just Been Injured At Work, What Should I Do?

You’re at work. It’s like any other workday on the jobsite, when suddenly, the unthinkable happens. You’re rushed to the emergency room with serious injuries—possibly a broken back and a head injury.

“How am I going to afford this medical treatment? What if I can’t go back to work? What about my family?” A dozen questions flood your head immediately. But there’s no need to panic, we’re here to help you.

Under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 152, Section 25A, employers are responsible for providing workers’ compensation insurance coverage to all of their employees. That means that workers, in any line of work, are supposed to be guaranteed benefits should they become ill or injured while on the job—even if they are the ones who caused the accident and subsequently, their own injury. The benefits may include compensation for lost wages after the first five calendar days of full or partial disability, medical treatment related to the employee’s illness or injury, and job retraining for qualifying employees.

How do you know if you qualify?

Employees can begin qualifying for benefits temporary total incapacitation benefits if their injury or illness has prevented them from returning to work for 5 or more full or partial workdays, which do not have to be consecutive. Employees who require medical attention for their injury or illness are entitled compensation for their care including reimbursement for travel and prescriptions.

By law, your employer must file the Employer’s Report of Injury or Fatality with seven business days from his/her employee’s fifth day of lost time. If an employer does not file this form, an employee may submit an injury report in writing directly to the insurance company. Your employer is required to have a poster displayed in the workplace with the name and address of its workers’ compensation insurer and policy information.

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August 27, 2014,

Court Approves Workers’ Compensation to Man Injured While Playing Kickball

A state Supreme Court said that a worker at a marketing and P.R. firm who was injured while playing kickball as part of a team building event is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The reason for this, said that court, is that participating in the game was part of his job.

The worker, Stephen Wigham, suggested the kickball game while at a meeting with managers. His boss approved the event.

While playing, Wigham shattered his fibula and tibia. He will have to undergo knee replacement surgery.

A lower court denied his claim for benefits. However, the justices at the South Carolina Supreme Court cited testimony from Wigham’s boss, who said that Wigham was expected to take part in the game because he planned the event. (Two of the justices wrote a dissenting opinion noting that they would have upheld the lower court’s ruling to not give Wigham benefits. They said it wasn’t clear to them whether he really was obligated to take part in the game even if he had to be there.) A hearing has been ordered to decide how much in workers’ compensation benefits Wigham is owed for his injury.

In Massachusetts, you should speak with one of our Boston workers’ compensation lawyers to explore your legal options. Although ideally any worker injured on the job should get all benefits owed in a timely manner, this is not always what happens. Disputes can arise.

An injured worker’s claim may even be denied, which can make it challenging to recover and pay for medical expenses, especially if the injuries are so severe that going to work and earning a paycheck becomes impossible. These are just some of the reasons why you want to work with an experienced Massachusetts workers’ compensation law firm that knows how to protect your rights and make sure you get all of your work injury benefits.

Typically, workers cannot sue their employer for Massachusetts personal injury, which makes it even more critical that the compensation benefits are issued. All private employers in the state must carry workers’ compensation insurance and pay workers’ injury claims through self-insurance group membership, self-insurance, or a commercial insurance policy.

At Altman & Altman LLP, we handle all kinds of Boston workers' comp. cases, including, but not limited to, claims involving work injuries that occurred at the office, construction sites, on the road, or elsewhere. We also handled work-related death benefit claims for families who have lost someone they love in a work accident or because of a work-related disease or some other health issue. Contact us today to request your free case assessment. We can help you explore your legal options.

State court: Workers' comp OK for kickball injury, AP, August 27, 2014

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August 13, 2014,

Why returning to work after an injury may be a hassle, according to GENEX study

Last year more than three million American employees experience a work-related injury. For employers this represented around $1 billion per week, in addition to the employees’ social costs. Aside from the financial loses, employees may also be face other disadvantages because of their injuries: if employees are off work for more than six months, they have less than a 50% chance of returning to the workforce. It is an imperative then to establish effective measures to aid employees return to work.

Instituting official return-to-work programs has proven a successful strategy in many private organizations. Firms with RTW programs are 1.4 times faster than those without one in returning the employee to work. That translates into about 3-4 weeks of a time difference. However, in spite of the advantages, not all firms –especially small ones –possess an established RTW program.

Even with an official RTW program in place, employers often face barriers to provide effective, immediate care. According to GEXEX Services, LLC, one of the nation’s largest providers of managed care services, these are the top five barriers return-to-work programs face:

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July 28, 2014,

Hyde Park Contractor Subjects Employees to Electrocution Hazards: Faces $70,000 in Fines

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration says that it has cited P. Gioioso & Sons Inc., a Hyde Park contracting company, for knowingly exposing workers to electrocution hazards from power lines at Cambridge, Massachusetts work site.

According to a press release published by OSHA, the company exposed its employees to possible electrocution from working close to energized power lines at a work site where required safeguards were not used. On May 9, an inspection by an OSHA official found that employees used a trench rod and a fiberglass pole with a metal end to lift overhead power lines, so that workers could move excavating equipment under the lines and onto the work site.

According to OSHA’s area director, Jeffrey Erskine (who handles cases in Middlesex and Essex counties), "This employer knew the overhead power lines were dangerous, but did not take steps to protect workers or shield them from contact and electrocution. Electricity is swift and deadly. While it is fortunate no one was injured or killed in this case, the hazard of death or disabling burns was real and present."

Because of this incident, the contracting company faces $70,290 in proposed fines. In 2011, P. Gioioso & Sons Inc., was cited for the same hazard at a Framingham work site. Based on the employer's knowledge of the hazard, OSHA has cited Gioioso for a willful violation with $69,300 in proposed fines. According to OSHA standards, a willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health. Another violation, with a $990 fine, was cited for improper labeling of a trench box.

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