Articles Posted in Construction Site Injury

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The start of summer is the official kick-off for vacation and road trip season for most, but for those who work tirelessly to keep our roads in good driving condition, it can mean months of danger.


Sean C. Flaherty

Construction season ramps up in Massachusetts after Memorial Day once the risk of frost and cold weather has passed, and this concentration of road work generally lasts into fall. It’s a relatively small window of time for road work, and yet hundreds of crashes occur each year in work zones, putting the lives of construction workers at serious peril.

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On March 1, 2017, at 10 Milk Street in Downtown Boston, a member of the Boston Police Department was struck by debris falling from construction-related scaffolding.  The police officer was working a detail when the falling debris struck his head and shoulder, causing a large laceration (or cut) to his head, and potentially breaking his collar bone.  Reports of the accident indicate that although the officer was taken to a hospital from the scene of the accident, he was okay and his injuries were not severe. []

A twitter user and local Bostonian tweeted this picture [] in the wake of the accident.  In the bottom right hand corner, you can see the truck where scaffolding was being loaded or unloaded.

According to a commenter to the headline for the accident, the entire job site was unsafe from start to finish.  “I couldn’t believe how cavalier they were being with their safety and ours,” said user Kaz, on March 1, 2017 at 4:12pm.    []  As that commenter described it, the contractors and scaffolding company had “no protections up anywhere and one guy about 10 feet up was KICKING a steel I-beam across the scaffold into place right up against the edge along the sidewalk where pedestrians were still being allowed to pass (myself included).”  The user, Kaz, seemed to be talking about his or her experience at the accident site from the day before the accident actually occurred; this could indicate an ongoing lack of safety or supervision on the jobsite.

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