backhoe accidentTuesday night, before the snowstorm hit, a backhoe accident killed a town worker and left another in critical condition in Natick, MA.

The crew was working on a water main break at West Street and Redman Drive when a backhoe pinned one of the workers. Both workers were taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where one of the workers died from injuries. Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the backhoe accident.

The OSHA law was signed into law four decades ago and since then workplace deaths and reported occupational injuries have dropped by more than 60 percent (source: www.osha.gov). The OSHA implemented injury and illness prevention program helps employers find and fix workplace hazards before workers are hurt. While workplace injuries have significantly decreased, the nation is still dealing with a large number of work-related deaths, injuries, and illnesses:

  • Every day more than 12 workers die on the job – over 4,500 a year.
  • Every year more than 4.1 million workers suffer a serious job-related injury or illness.

When the injury and illness prevention program is implemented properly it creates several benefits such as:

  • Increased safety for the workers.
  • A reduced number in deaths, injuries, and illnesses.
  • It also helps employers avoid the significant costs associated with injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
  • Employers often report a transformed workplace culture that can lead to higher productivity and quality, reduced turnover, reduced costs, and greater employee satisfaction (source: www.osha.gov).
  • Avoid loss of employment and wages, burdensome debt, inability to maintain a previous standard of living, loss of home ownership and even bankruptcy that can disrupt and destroy the life of a family.

A Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation program allows employers to receive a premium credit for enrolling in a loss management program. In the first year of this program, firms participating in the program had a 20.8 percent improvement in their loss ratios (source: www.osha.gov). To learn more about the injury and illness prevention program click here.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a personal injury due to a workplace accident, you deserve to be fully compensated for your pain, suffering, and financial burden. I have over 29 years of personal injury and worker’s compensation experience so please feel free to call Attorney Jim Brady and Associates, P.C. at: 508-660-8888 or visit us on the web at: www.attorneyjimbrady.com.