A construction worker was injured a construction site at Pelham Road in Salem, Massachusetts, last week after the scissor lift that he was riding in tipped backward and fell to the ground. Semir Mehmedoxic, 20, fell out of the bucket. As of last Saturday, he was being treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he was reportedly in stable condition.
Mensur Ramic, a 21-year-old Manchester resident, says that he and Mehmedoxic had been sanding an exterior wall when the construction accident occurred. Ramic was able to grab onto the roof and pull himself to safety when the scissor lift tipped back.
Both men were at the site to help build a 60,000 square-foot gym that belongs to The Workout Club and Wellness Center chain.
Paul LeVasseur, the project superintendent, said that he did not know the man who fell and that different subcontractors often worked at the site. He criticized the lift machine’s condition. The lift machine had been provided by subcontractor Classic Exteriors LLC of Manchester. He thinks that the accident was caused by mechanical failure.
Firefighters had to siphon gas from the lift because a tank was punctured in the fall.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been investigating the cause of the construction accident.
Injuries sustained at a construction site are frequently catastrophic, if not fatal.
Common kinds of construction accidents include
• Scaffolding accidents • Electrical accidents • Injuries caused by defective equipment • Cutting accidents • Falls
• Welding injuries • Exposure to hazardous or toxic substances • Faulty use of equipment • Improper maintenance or repair of construction machinery and vehicles
If you have been seriously injured at a construction site or while working at any other job in Massachusetts, you are eligible for benefits under workers’ compensation. A good workers’ compensation attorney can make sure that your benefits start immediately, and-if not-that you receive any back benefits that are owed to you.
Your workers’ compensation lawyer can also make sure that your employer and its insurance company are not preventing you from receiving the benefits that you are legally entitled to. If a family member was killed because of negligence or carelessness at a construction site, you may be eligible to receive benefits from the employer under your loved one’s workers’ compensation package.
If there is a third party that is considered a liable party, you may be able to file a personal injury or a wrongful death claim against them also.
OSHA investigates work site accident, Eagle Tribune, August 11, 2007
Worker hurt in fall at Salem construction site; Co-worker, dangling from roof, escapes injury, Eagle Tribune, August 10, 2007
Related Web Resources:
OSHA Assistance for the Construction Industry, U.S. Department of Labor
Department of Industrial Accidents, Massachusetts.gov
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