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