Construction Worker Dies After 20-Foot Fall from Scaffolding
Posted on behalf of Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC on March 27, 2017 in Workers' Compensation Blog Posts
Last Thursday, a 54-year-old construction worker died after falling 20 feet from a scaffolding at a home construction project on Lincoln Street in Waltham, Massachusetts.
The man received medical care at the scene before being transported to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to a severe head injury, according to Waltham police.
The incident is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as well as state and local law enforcement.
Falls a Leading Cause of Construction Site Deaths
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the nation. In 2015, more than 20 percent of employee deaths were construction-related, according to OSHA.
Falls are one of the “fatal four” causes of death in the construction industry. In fact, the most cited workplace safety violation in the 2015-2016 fiscal year was fall protection.
In 2015, falls accounted for 38.8 percent of construction worker deaths, a total of 364 fatalities. The other three causes of death in the fatal four accounted for a little more than 25 percent of construction deaths in 2015:
- Struck by object – 90 deaths (9.6 percent of all fatalities)
- Electrocutions – 81 deaths (8.6 percent of all fatalities)
- Caught in between objects or equipment (7.2 percent of all fatalities)
The fatal four were linked to 64.2 percent of worker deaths in the construction industry in 2015. Eliminating just these four causes of death could save the lives of 602 construction workers each year.
If your loved one lost their life in a construction site accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical care, funeral expenses, and other workers’ compensation benefits.
Contact the Boston workers’ compensation attorneys at Janet, Janet & Suggs for a free legal consultation. If a third party was involved in the accident, we may also be able to file a Boston wrongful death lawsuit against them.