Framingham Workers' Compensation
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 153,400 people working in the civilian labor force of Framingham, Massachusetts as of July 2014. The highest number (36,100) were employed in providing professional and business services. There were also 24,700 people working in manufacturing and 28,900 people working within the transportation, trade and utilities sector in Framingham.
Workers in all sectors face the potential risk of suffering an injury on the job. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were 4,405 workers killed in 2013, which is an average of 85 deaths every week. When an injury or fatality occurs, workers’ compensation benefits may be available to the victim or to surviving family members. A Framingham, MA workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman can provide representation to victims who have suffered a workplace injury.Framingham Workers Face Risks
Framingham is located in Middlesex County, midway between Boston Massachusetts and Worcester. The city is bordered by Marlborough, Sherborn, Natick, Wayland, Ashland and Sudbury and is divided by the east-west Route 9. Framingham earned a place on the list of top places to live in the United States in Money Magazine in 2012 and as of the 2010 census, there were 68,318 people living in Framingham.
The economy in Framingham consists mainly of office and retail complexes. One three square mile district called the Golden Triangle is located on the city’s east side and has been a mecca of retail sales and construction since Shoppers World opened in 1951. Today, there are myriad retail facilities and office developments where big companies operate. The national office of TJX is located in the area, for example, and both the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association have facilities. There are also small manufacturing facilities scattered throughout this city where local residents and commuters work.
There is a risk of injury in retail, manufacturing, and all other industries. For example, within Fall River, the majority of workers provide professional services. Unfortunately the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were 408 workers killed within this field of employment over the course of 2013. In the manufacturing sector, which also is a top field of employment in Framingham, there were 304 worker deaths over the course of 2013.
The risk of injury may be exacerbated when employers fail to follow safety precautions. One Framingham employer, for example, was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for willful and serious violations of safety regulations that resulted in the death of a worker in an explosion. Another Framingham roofing company was reportedly cited for five serious violations when a worker was thrown. The employer had failed to provide training and the worker lacked adequate head protection.Framingham Workers Have Rights
After a workplace injury, a worker is entitled to make a workers’ compensation claim even if an employer has followed all requirements and not violated OSHA rules. As long as the injury happened on-the-job, the worker should be entitled to benefits including payment of medical bills. An experienced attorney can assist with work injury claims to secure benefits.