Revere Workers' Compensation Attorneys
Revere, Massachusetts provides workers with a wide range of employment opportunities. Approximately 14% of Revere’s workers reportedly are employed in the field of healthcare and social services, 13% work in the food service industry, 9% work in transportation, 7% work in construction and 6% work in manufacturing.
Unfortunately, these and other industries present risks to workers. From the danger of being exposed to on-the-job hazards to the risk of falls or transportation accidents, there are many ways that a worker could be injured, made sick or killed while doing his or her job. When an injury or fatality occurs, a Revere workers’ compensation attorney can help the injured employee or his surviving loved ones pursue a claim for compensation. Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman today to speak with an experienced work injury lawyer.Revere at a Glance
Amazon opened a distribution and delivery center in Revere in 2020. The e-commerce giant is poised to become the city’s largest employer. Because of its proximity to Boston, Revere is home to numerous office and service work jobs.Revere Workers Face Numerous Injury Risks
Fatal work accidents have been on the rise in recent years. In 2018, there were 5,250 fatal work-related injuries in the United States, which was a 2% increase from 2017 numbers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
Revere’s workforce is not immune from fatal work injuries. Based on BLS’ census information, Revere workers who are employed in transportation, manufacturing, construction and healthcare are especially at risk.
Here’s a quick look at some of the 2018 BLS census data:
- Transportation incidents were the most frequent type of fatal work event with 2,080 incidents and accounted for more than 40% of all work-related deaths.
- Incidents involving a worker coming into contact with objects and equipment jumped 13% from 695 to 786 incidents because of a 39% increase in workers caught in running equipment or machinery and a 17% increase in workers struck by falling objects or equipment. Employees in Revere who work in factories or other production or processing facilities are especially at risk for these types of injuries.
- Fatal incidents of workplace violence and other deadly injuries caused by people or animals increased by 3% because of an 11% increase in work-related suicides, up from 275 to 304 incidents. Revere healthcare workers and nursing home workers are likely to be victims of workplace violence.
- Fatal falls, slips and trips decreased 11% to 791 incidents. While all workers can slip and fall while on the job, construction workers and others who work around dangerous equipment or from elevated heights can sustain serious and even fatal injuries.
- Heavy equipment operators and tractor-trailer truck drivers had the most fatalities at 831.
- Police officers had 108 fatalities in 2018, which was a 14% increase from 2017.
A worker can suffer on-the-job injuries that result in costly medical bills and can interfere with the worker’s ongoing ability to earn a living, even if the injuries aren’t fatal. This is especially true if employers fail to live up to requirements set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to create a safe work environment for their employees.
For example, OSHA cited one Massachusetts company for failing to provide cave-in protection at a job site in Revere. A lack of cave-in protection can lead to a worker being crushed and even killed. OSHA also cited a Massachusetts roofing contractor for exposing employees to potentially fatal falls on a job site in Revere.
The U.S. Department of Labor entered into a settlement with a Massachusetts mental health provider in which the company agreed to step up its efforts to protect employees from acts of workplace violence and homicide. OSHA had cited the company for failing to provide adequate protections against workplace violence after a resident of the company’s group home in Revere allegedly murdered a counselor who worked on-site at the facility.
Each year, millions of workers in the United States report that they have been victims of workplace violence. Workplace assaults resulted in 20,790 injuries and 453 fatalities in 2018, the National Safety Council (NSC) reported.A Revere Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Can Help with an Injury Claim
After any type of on-the-job injury, the employee or his or her surviving family members can make a workers’ compensation claim. It doesn’t matter whether an employer violated OSHA, was negligent or was careful in creating a safe workplace. It doesn’t matter if the worker is to blame in whole or in part for the work injury. The only requirement for a covered worker to obtain benefits after suffering an injury is that the worker got hurt on the job.
Workers can make claims not only for accidents that happen on-site but for accidents that occur off-site while the worker is performing work that arises out of his or her employment. Workers can collect workers’ compensation for overexertion injuries, repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, and illnesses caused by workplace exposure to asbestos and toxic chemicals.
Overexertion injuries comprise approximately 35% of all work injuries and are the top cause of lost work days, NSC reported. Workers in almost all lines of work are at risk for overexertion injuries, including office workers, factory workers, nurses, truck drivers and construction workers.
Our law firm can help you to determine if your injury should be covered by Massachusetts workers' compensation law. Schedule your free consultation with a Revere workers’ compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman today. Call (617) 367-2900 or contact us online.