Fall from ladder leads to serious work injury

Last Friday afternoon, August 31, 2012, a worker who had been doing repairs at Mill Pond Apartments in Littleton, Massachusetts was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital by helicopter. According to the Fire Chief of Littleton, A. Steele McCordy, the worker, in his thirties, was executing repairs on the building when he fell from a ladder.

Fire and medical personal arrived at the scene at 50 Mill Road at around 1:30pm. The worker was discovered lying on the ground with serious injuries to his midsection. But, at least, he was conscious and communicating with the EMTs as they worked to stabilize him. Yet, because of the nature of the man’s wounds, he was initially transported to St. Anne’s Church. This was where a Boston medflight helicopter met the Littleton ambulance. By the time the worker arrived at Mass General Hospital, he was listed as being in serious condition.

The name and status of the worker is currently unknown. But what may be most disheartening about the work related injury was that it came at the close of Labor’s Rights Week. Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis, issued a statement on OSHA’s website saying that “Making America’s workplaces safe and fair for everyone is the hallmark of Labor Rights Week.” Clearly, there is still much work to be done in the interest of providing safe environments for employees to work in, and the enforcement of those safety statutes.

Compensation for workers injured on the job is a pursuit that Altman and Altman has been involved in for decades. If you, or perhaps someone close to you, have any questions, concerns, or need for consultation in regards to an injury or any other violation while in the workplace, please feel free to contact Altman and Altman at your earliest convenience.



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