When someone is working on a roof in Essex County, Massachusetts, there is always the risk of falling. Because serious injuries and even death can occur from a fall, it is a good idea for the worker to be equipped with personal safety devices that can catch the person before he or she falls to the ground. Although there are a variety of systems available, they typically all include a full body harness and cable that attaches to a sturdy surface. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that safety gear be used when the worker is employed six or more feet above the level below.
A fatal workplace accident that occurred recently is being closely monitored by OSHA. The accident occurred in Old Town, Maine at around 3:30 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon. Although authorities are still investigating the incident, they have said that the man’s death was an accident.
A 32-year-old man was working 15 feet off the ground with others installing a roof in a shopping plaza. Apparently he was either not wearing safety equipment to prevent the fall or it malfunctioned, because he lost his balance and ended up falling head-first to the concrete below. He died at the scene.
Because this accident happened while the man was on the job, his family may be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits to help with his funeral expenses and lost income. They may wish to speak with an attorney to ensure that they get the proper amount of compensation they deserve.
Source: Bangor Daily News, “Police release identity of man killed in workplace accident,” Ryan McLaughlin, Dec. 6, 2013