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Officials investigate cause of fatal workplace accident

On behalf of posted in Workers' Compensation on Monday November 16, 2015

Workers in Massachusetts encounter potential dangers in their workplace everyday. If these dangers are known, they can take preventative actions to help preserve their safety. Unfortunately, dangers are not always known. Even if they are, a workplace accident cannot always be prevented. For example, officials are expected to conduct an investigation regarding a recent fatal fall.

The accident happened in early November. The 57-year-old male victim was on the roof of a business, apparently working to install solar panels. According to reports, he was carrying a panel when he stepped on a skylight that officials have described as cheap glass. A co-worker reported hearing the sound of breaking class and noticing that the panel hit the ground.

Unfortunately, the victim fell approximately 30 feet through the skylight, landing on a concrete floor. One of his co-workers — also his son-in-law — administered CPR, but was unable to resuscitate him. One official stated that while it appears the incident was an accident, an investigation to determine why the class broke will be conducted by workplace investigators.

Determining the cause of the accident is an important part to preventing a similar workplace accident in the future. However, while it might provide a small degree of comfort for families to know the exact case of their loved one’s death, it will do nothing to help them cope with the financial ramifications of their loss. Those in Massachusetts who have lost a loved one in such an accident may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. A skilled professional can help those grieving a loss seek the compensation to which they deserve.

Source:, “57-year-old man dies in industrial accident in Salt Lake County“, Chris Miller, Nov. 9, 2015

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