On Wednesday, December 2, a worker suffered life-threatening injuries after falling from a lift at a construction site in Allston, MA. According to reports from The Boston Globe, a 47-year-old man from Nashua, NH, fell 50 to 60 feet while working on a lift at 1047 Commonwealth Ave. The man was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital and additional details regarding his condition are unknown.
This accident is the latest in a series of construction work site incidents that have occurred in and around Boston over the past six months. In July, a 53-year-old ironworker at Logan Airport was critically injured when a 32-ton concrete panel he was trying to secure fell from a crane, causing him to fall 40 feet to the ground. In June, one man was killed and another badly injured while installing a temporary elevator at the Partners HealthCare building under construction at Assembly Row in Somerville. Also in June, a 66-year-old employee of P.A. Landers construction company was killed in Plymouth, MA, in a bulldozer accident.
Serious personal injuries are altogether too common among workers at construction sites. According to OSHA, out of 4,251 worker fatalities in private industries in 2014, 874 — or 20.5% — were in construction. Per OSHA, The leading causes of construction site fatalities are falls, electrocutions, being struck by objects and being caught in between objects. Together, these four causes were responsible for more than half of the construction worker deaths in 2014.
January 21st, 2016 | Posted in Blog