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Massachusetts worker injured after hitting electrical line

Specific industries have a higher accident risk rate, such as the construction industry. However, this is by far not the only industry that reports workplace accidents. An accident on the job site occurs when we least expect it and can occur for a variety of reasons laying out a number of scenarios, including falling from a ladder or faulty equipment causing harm. Most workplace accident victims have rights under Massachusetts law to file for personal injury or Workers' Compensation depending on the particular scenario that played out. This may be the case for one construction worker.

According to the aide to the Fire Commissioner, a workplace accident involving a construction worker took place around 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 11. Reportedly, the incident took place on an overpass where the worker was working. He was using a jackhammer, which apparently struck an electrical conduit. The incident resulted in burn injuries to the victim's hands, but there was no other information released as to whether there were any other injuries. He was sent and treated at Baystate Medical Center before being transferred to another medical facility.

On a construction worksite, the person in charge generally must have all gas, electrical and water lines marked prior to commencement of the job. Whether this had been performed thoroughly on this particular job site is unclear at this time. Nevertheless, the man is likely covered by workers' compensation insurance under Massachusetts law, which covers workplace accidents. These important benefits are meant to cover an employee's medical bills and lost income from any work missed to the injury. And workers' compensation is generally available without regard to the fault of any party, though the worker is typically proscribed from suing his own employer - a provision that does not apply to third parties whose negligence was said to have caused or contributed to the workers' injuries.

Source: The Republican, "Construction worker, who apparently hit electrical conduit with jackhammer at Roosevelt Avenue and Bay Street, taken to Baystate Medical Center," George Graham, May 11, 2012

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