There are many potential causes of a workplace accident in Massachusetts. In many cases, employers and workers can identify potential risks and take reasonable actions to mitigate them in order to protect employees. Unfortunately, there may be little to no warning when a large piece of machinery malfunctions, causing a serious accident. A recent out-of-state accident involving such an incident could potentially result in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Thousands of people in Massachusetts leave their families every day and report to work. They put in long, hard hours behind a desk, at a construction site, stocking shelves and in many other scenarios to support their families. While these workers know they may face some sort of harm while at work, they are also likely aware of precautions they can take to ensure their safety. However, if workers are not provided the necessary safety tools, or if equipment is faulty, their lives could still be at risk. In a situation where a person is killed at work due to malfunctioning equipment, filing a wrongful death lawsuit may be a viable option.
While the level of risk may vary, there is some risk of injury in almost all professions. Some risks may be less obvious than others -- for example, risks stemming from leaving a work site to take a break. Unfortunately, a man in Massachusetts was recently killed while attempting to take a break from his job as a toll collector. Massachusetts State Police are currently investigating an incident that could result in a wrongful death lawsuit.