Last Thursday afternoon, a Massachusetts roof collapse seriously injured a worker who was standing on a shorter roof helping yank a gable from a home on Thorndike Street in Somerville. A wind reportedly took caught the gable and a large piece of the roof, which landed on him, resulting in a serious head injury. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.
The Somerville Fire Captain said the workers had the proper permit but were not wearing hardhats. Seven other demolition workers were present at the scene of the accident but declined to comment. The 11-room, 2.5 story duplex they were working on was originally built in 1910.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) typically investigates the scene of construction accidents resulting in injuries to determine if any safety regulations were not followed.
Source: One man seriously injured in Somerville roof collapse, Wicked Local Somerville, December 7, 2010
Contact the Boston demolition accident lawyers at Altman & Altman if you have been injured on the job.