Chelsea Workers' Compensation
In Chelsea, Massachusetts, 23.66 percent of workers are employed in sales, office and administrative support positions and 21.72 percent of workers are employed in the fields of production, transportation or material moving. Building maintenance and food preparation and serving are other sectors where many workers in Chelsea are employed.
Many workers within these sectors are at risk of injury or even death on-the-job. Unfortunately, a worker in any field can be killed, injured or exposed to other hazards. Almost all employees are protected by workers’ compensation laws and may receive medical coverage, disability benefits or death benefits if their job harms them. An experienced Chelsea workers’ compensation attorney can help those who have been harmed. Call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman today to schedule a free consultation after your Chelsea work injury.Chelsea Workers Face Risk of Workplace Injury
Chelsea is the second most densely populated city in Massachusetts, with a total area of just 2.4 square miles and an estimated population of 36,828 as of 2013. Located with Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Chelsea is home to large Hispanic and Latino populations as well as many young individuals and families who want to take advantage of the lower cost of living this area provides.
Chelsea is a diverse community with mostly working class people. There are industrial centers in Chelsea, but also many other employment opportunities, including work with the Massachusetts Information Technology Center, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and Massachusetts General Hospital, which are among the top employers in the area.
Unfortunately, with large portions of workers in sales, in production and in the food preparation and service sectors, many workers face significant risks of injury. There were 2,196 total workplace fatalities nationwide among workers providing these services in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the trade, transportation and utilities sector, there were also 1,153 workplace deaths.
Employers exacerbate the risk of workplace injury when they fail to follow safety rules. One contractor, for example, faced $34,400 in penalties for Occupational Safety and Health Act violations. The penalties were based on failure to prevent wall collapse while performing excavation to install a sewer pipe in a Chelsea work site. A spokesperson from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration warned that: “These workers could have been crushed and buried in seconds without a chance to react or escape”Chelsea Workers Have Rights
After a workplace injury, victims should consult with an attorney. Workers are not allowed to sue employers but may file a lawsuit for compensation from a non-employer whose negligence led to the workplace accident or injury. Workers are also permitted to file a workers’ comp claim and receive benefits after any work injury, regardless of whether their employer followed OSHA rules or was negligence.
Workers’ compensation benefits should cover medical bills, loss of wages, disability income, or death benefits for dependents of those killed on-the-job. An experienced law firm can assist in making a claim for benefits or in getting help from the Department of Industrial Relations if a benefits dispute arises.
Schedule your free consultation with a Chelsea workers’ compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman. Call (617) 367-2900 or contact us online.