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Massachusetts job site accident puts workers' life in danger

A Massachusetts man suffered a terrifying injury in mid February. The job site accident occurred late on a Wednesday morning at a construction site in Andover. The injuries were described as life-threatening, and the victim was airlifted to a Boston hospital following the tragedy.

The man, said to be in his 40s, was on the job at the time of the accident. He was in the midst of attaching a tractor to a trailer when disaster struck. The trailer held a Caterpillar 330D that was being moved to a nearby construction site. As the worker went to link the trailer onto the tractor, the tractor rolled backwards and pinned the lower portion of the trucker's body under its left rear tires.

The call for emergency personnel came in shortly after 11:30 a.m. The total weight of the vehicle involved in the job site accident was nearly 140,000 lbs. Despite the severity of his injuries, the man was said to be conscious and alert while emergency workers arranged to transport him to the hospital. The roadway where the accident occurred was closed to traffic for more than two hours. A week after the incident took place, there was still no further word on the extent of the man's injuries or his updated medical condition.

A job site accident is dangerous under any circumstances. When a worker suffers life-threatening injuries, the stakes are obviously higher. As the man struggles to overcome the injuries, his family is likely praying for his complete recovery. Escalating medical costs and other expenses typically accompany severe work injuries. Massachusetts workers' compensation laws provide important benefits in these circumstances to help cover the medical costs and also provide a lost income package for time missed from work.

Source: andovertownsman.com, "Man pinned under truck at MBTA site," Bill Kirk, Feb. 21, 2013

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