The vast majority of employers are committed to ensuring that their workers are safe as they complete their job-related responsibilities. Beyond being the right thing to do, it is in employer’s best interests to ensure that employees have a relatively risk-free work environment. However, no Massachusetts work zone is completely free of the potential for a workplace accident. An incident at an out-of-state facility is currently under investigation.
The accident reportedly occurred one evening in mid-October. A worker at ARC Electrostatic Painting had been sandblasting. Unfortunately, an object described as being large and made out of steel fell on him.
His co-workers worked to remove the steel. Rescue workers were eventually successful with the use of airbags. Despite their efforts, the 43-year-old worker died at the scene of the accident. His identity has not been released at this time.
Most people can understand the emotional impact that an unexpected death such as this can have on surviving family members. The financial ramifications frequently create an unexpected difficulty for grieving families as well. Families who lose a loved one in a workplace accident are often left facing funeral expenses, coping with lost wages, and wondering how they will be able to pay their bills. While those suffering such a loss in Massachusetts are typically entitled to workers’ compensation insurance benefits, many have difficulty negotiating with the insurance company in the time of grief, Fortunately, there are experienced professionals available who can help grieving family members by pursuing payment of all of the benefits to which they are entitled.
Source: wmur.com, “Auburn Police investigate deadly workplace accident“, Oct. 16, 2015