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Death at Work

According to a report, issued on April 28, 2015, by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, 50 Massachusetts’ workers died on the job last year.
That means unsafe job sites are taking the life of workers nearly every week, on average. Sadly, over the summer, two workers lost their lives while working in Taunton; a Union Iron Worker lost his life while working at Logan airport; a Union Laborer lost his life when a hole he was working in collapsed in Longmeadow; and another Union Iron Worker lost his life while on a job site in Somerville. These are only a small sample of the dangers that exist on a job-site; however, they are a graphic reminder that people are putting their lives on the line every day at work.
Losing a loved one is never easy. It’s emotionally and financially taxing on the family. Losing a loved one due to an accident, especially one that could or should have been prevented is inexcusable. There is no amount of money that can compensate the family for their loss. Yet the surviving spouse and/or the children of the deceased worker are able to file a workers’ compensation claim in order to receive financial relief for their loss. The spouse/children of the deceased worker may be entitled to recover 60% of the average weekly wage that the worker would have earned as well as some of the burial costs.
If you or someone you know has lost a loved one due to a work-related accident, make sure that you know your rights under the law.