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Massachusetts workers remembered on Workers’ Memorial Day

Every morning, many residents of Barnstable, Massachusetts, leave their families and homes and head to work. This routine is uninterrupted for most of them, but there are some unfortunate people whose workplaces become the sites of tragedy, where they suffer injuries and even death. This may be due to a number of things, but could include unsafe premises or even negligence by a third party. Despite the best efforts of agencies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, every year a number of Americans do not come home from work.The recent commemoration of Workers’ Memorial Day in Westfield, Massachusetts, was an occasion to remember 61 workers from Massachusetts who had died on the job during the previous 16 months. The town’s mayor singled out one man in particular, a police officer, whose death at a construction site in 2012 ensured that other officers were well-trained in safety protocols. The officer was in charge of controlling traffic at a construction site when a truck crushed him, resulting in his death. His relatives later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against five entities, including West Springfield, Massachusetts, which had earlier awarded the construction contract. The fallout from that fatal truck accident is still being felt today, with renewed emphasis on safety training for current employees to help avoid a similar accident. The lawsuit is still pending.The loss of a loved one is always painful, but can be even more so when it is unexpected. In situations where negligence caused a death, the family of the deceased may have legal avenues of pursuit to obtain compensation, including lost wages and death benefits, related to the fallout from an unfortunate accident. While money can never replace a lost loved one, the financial support garnered from a successful wrongful death lawsuit can help a family focus on emotional recovery and remembering the victim. Source: MassLive.com, “Workers Memorial Day calls attention to workplace safety“, Jim Kinney, April 25, 2014

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