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Massachusetts construction worker dies in job site accident

A Massachusetts construction worker was killed in a job site accident over the weekend. Unfortunately, a job site accident often results in serious injury or, as in this case, even death. Regulations are in place to protect workers from such incidents, but accidents still happen as a result of many things.

The worker died as a result of a 1,700 pound pipe falling on him. The pipe was 40 feet in length. As the man held the guide rope, the pipe fell eight feet as it was being unloaded from a tractor trailer, crushing him. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to injuries suffered in the job site accident.

There are currently four agencies investigating the accident, including OSHA. An investigation of an accident of this magnitude involving multiple agencies could prove to be time consuming. Regardless, the man's family is likely entitled to workers' compensation death benefits as they struggle to come to terms with the tragedy.

A family without a strong advocate can find the legal recourse available confusing and complicated at a time when they are overcome with grief and unable to comprehend the applicable laws and procedures. When such a tragic job site accident occurs, a family often faces the loss of their sole or primary income. As various legal issues and alternatives present themselves, whether in Massachusetts or elsewhere, understanding all avenues to which the family is availed can be critical in seeking to ensure the financial security of the loved ones left behind.

Source: timesunion.com, "Worker in upstate NY crushed by 1,700-pound pipe," April 13, 2013

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