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Deadliest Massachusetts Workplace Accident in a Decade Claims Fourth Life

A fourth person has died from injuries suffered when a Jeep Cherokee SUV sped through a crowd at the LynnWay Auto Auction in Billerica, Massachusetts. Four people have now died as a result of the May 3 accident, making it the deadliest workplace accident in Massachusetts this century. The 2006 Jeep, driven by an employee more »

Deadliest Massachusetts Workplace Accident in 10 Years Claims 3 Lives at Billerica Auto Auction

Two women and one man were killed and nine people were injured, two critically, when a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee sped through a crowd at Greater Boston’s Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica on Wednesday morning. The Jeep, driven by a man in his 70s, accelerated through a crowd before striking another vehicle and then smashing more »

Herald Investigation Highlights Challenges in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases

Traumatic brain injury patients continue to be misdiagnosed by the Boston Veteran’s Administration Regional Office, according to a review of 2015 inspection results by the Boston Herald. During 2015, 5 of 30 cases were incorrectly processed by the VA, a significant improvement from the 11 of 30 cases incorrectly processed in 2011, but still high more »

OSHA to Investigate Worker Electrocution in Salem

A 59-year-old worker died from electrocution while painting windowsills at Salem Engine House 5 on Loring Avenue, after the bucket lift he was using got tangled in power lines.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will investigate the accident. At around 2:30 PM, a worker from Baystate Painting was working on the back of more »

Archaic Law Delivers Wrist Slaps to Companies that Kill Workers in Massachusetts

What are the penalties for an accidental worker death in Massachusetts? According to a law written in 1819 that is still in force today, employers found guilty of manslaughter in workplace accidents face up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000 fine. Companies convicted of manslaughter face the same $1,000 fine. In other words, more »

Not Guilty Plea by Business Owner in Trench Collapse that Killed Two

Kevin Otto, owner of Atlantic Drain Services, pleaded not guilty to two charges of manslaughter stemming from a South End trench collapse that killed two Atlantic Drain employees in October 2016. Otto was released on personal recognizance after arguing that he had no money to post bail. Two Atlantic Drain Services employees, Robert Higgins and more »

Grand Jury: Boston Firm “Recklessly” Failed to Take Safety Precautions

A Boston grand jury indicted Atlantic Drain Services, Inc. and its owner, Kevin Otto, on charges including two counts of manslaughter, six counts of concealing evidence and one count of intimidating a witness following an investigation into a construction site accident that killed two workers in Boston’s South End in October. While working at a more »

Top OSHA Violations for 2016 Offer Workplace Warnings

Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) presents a list of the top violations during the past year. For employers and employees, this list illustrates the most common dangers and oversights in the workplace, making it a good reference to judge overall workplace safety. The personal injury lawyers at Sheff Law see injuries more »

Duxbury Circular Saw Accident Claims Young Worker’s Life

A 28-year-old-construction worker died in a construction site accident in Duxbury on Saturday, November 19, after a circular saw he was using to cut a pipe kicked back and cut his neck. Coworkers and emergency personnel provided first aid, but the injury was too severe for the man to survive. The Occupational Health and Safety more »

Boston Construction Accident Triggers Ordinance for New Safety Rules

The tragic deaths of two workers in a Boston construction accident that saw a water main break flood an underground trench has spurred action from Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. On Monday, November 14, the Mayor Walsh filed an ordinance that will allow the City of Boston to deny, revoke or suspend work permits after reviewing more »
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