Many jobs are essentially safe if the workplace is properly prepared and maintained. Other occupations in Massachusetts are by their very nature dangerous, and extra care should be provided in the workplace to protect the interests of the workers. Employees who are harmed as a result of a dangerous workplace may want to protect their interests as much as possible by knowing the laws regarding workers' compensation. It may better prepare them to make a claim after they have suffered serious harm that may have a long-term effect on their lives.
In late February, a Department of Public Works employee in Framingham was using a circular saw while working on a sewer line. The saw kicked back and the blade went into his shoulder. An artery was cut by the blade and the damage was quite serious.
Other employees at the site were able to make a tourniquet from a belt and keep him from bleeding to death. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. He is expected to survive the injury.
OSHA will be investigating the accident, along with state employees from Massachusetts and workers from the Framingham Water Authority. The investigators will be assessing whether the workplace was maintaining proper safety standards and whether further safety measures could prevent a similar accident in the future. In the meantime, the injured worker will likely take some time to heal before he is back at work. He and others like him who work in high risk environments may want to be aware of how to prepare any Massachusetts claims following a dangerous workplace accident like this one.
Source: Framingham, MA Patch, "Framingham Public Works Employee Severed Artery in Saw Accident," Susan Petroni, Feb. 26, 2013