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Fatal construction accident injures two workers in Northampton

Construction sites are fraught with activity and sometimes, this can lead to unsafe working conditions and accidents taking place. While some injuries may involve no more than a scratch or sprained ankle, others may be more serious, requiring the worker to seek medical care. This is when workers’ compensation kicks in and helps cover medical costs and lost income. If a person is injured permanently, they can apply for permanent disability benefits to help them pay for their care and other expenses.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration is joining local agencies in Northampton to investigate the cause of a fatal construction accident that killed one worker and injured two others. The three workers were onsite working on a project to build an addition to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation building when they somehow became trapped underneath a couple of modular trailers being used.

One of the injured workers required hospital treatment for the injuries received and it is unknown how serious the injuries were. The reasons for the workers being underneath the modular trailers are not clear. If the one worker has suffered a back injury or broken a limb, it may be some time before that worker is able to return to work.

Applying for workers’ compensation benefits can be a complicated process and many applications are rejected because of missing information or incorrect information. If the injured worker appeals the denial, they are likely to find themselves in the middle of a complex legal proceeding. One way that they can make sure that they receive the benefits they need is to seek the help of a legal professional experienced in handling these types of claims.

Source: The Republican, “1 dead, another injured after construction accident at Massachusetts Department of Transportation facility in Northampton,” Fred Contrada, April 18, 2013

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