A construction worker plummeted over three stories at an Amazon building site in Kingston, Massachusetts. Minimal details are available about the Amazon construction accident that occurred last week. Information that is known about the serious incident includes:
The worker evidently fell through an open space intended for a skylight
The worker fell over 30 feet
The man was transported by medical helicopter to a major trauma center in Boston
Although the worker’s injuries are known to be severe, no specifics about the damage have yet been made public
As of this time, the worker’s name has not been released to the public or media. Similarly, the Boston trauma center has yet to make public any information on the injured man’s course of treatment or future prognosis.
OSHA and First Quarter 2021 Sanctions
The Amazon construction accident is far from being an isolated incident. As of the end of the first quarter of 2021, the most significant fines leveled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA were imposed on construction firms. A considerable number of those sanctions were imposed on construction companies as the result of inadequate fall protection and building sites.
The companies fined by OSHA during the first quarter of 2021 for inadequate fall protection include:
Carework Construction in Newark, New Jersey ($404,811)
Boak & Sons in Youngstown, Ohio ($218,197)
Cunyas Roofing in Bismarck, North Dakota ($207,802)
Lifetime Contractor Corp. in Trenton, New Jersey ($201,090)
Workers injured or killed in construction accidents are able to pursue their own workers’ compensation or other civil remedies, depending on their position with a job site and other factors. An experienced construction accident lawyer from The Doan Law Firm is available at (800) 349-0000 to provide information about an injured worker’s basic rights.
Another Amazon Building Project Among Those Sanctioned by OSHA in Early 2021
The catastrophic construction accident in Massachusetts is not the only recent fall-related calamity involving Amazon. During the first quarter of 2021, a fine of $170,534 was levied against Eastern Constructors of Geismar, Louisiana for safety issues at an Amazon fulfillment center construction site. In this case, two workers fell to their deaths while constructing the new Amazon fulfillment center.
Fall Protection at the Massachusetts Amazon Construction Site
The Kingston Amazon construction accident very well may ultimately involve a violation from OSHA arising from inadequate fall protection. With that notation made, it is important to understand that an investigation into the specifics of the Massachusetts Amazon construction accident is only now just beginning.
Post-Pandemic Construction Rush
Throughout 2020 there were dramatic delays in construction projects across the United States. As the worst of the pandemic appears to be in the rearview mirror, construction projects of various types are moving forward rapidly. Some industry observers might contend that we are witnessing something of a post-pandemic “construction rush.”
The problem with a construction rush is that corners can be cut in the name of efficiency. Unfortunately, in many instances, the corners that end up being cut to speed up a construction project are those directly associated with construction site safety.
Your Legal Rights Following a Construction Accident
If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction accident, the first step you need to take is to contact The Doan Law Firm at (800) 349-0000. We keep our construction accident hotline staffed around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all major holidays.
A nationwide law firm, we have hometown offices located in 40 cities across the country. We can arrange an initial consultation at any one of our offices, at your home, at a hospital or rehabilitation center, or at any other location that is convenient for you. In addition, we can schedule a case evaluation with you virtually as well. There is never a charge for an initial consultation and case evaluation with a Doan Law Firm construction accident attorney.
The Doan Law Firm makes an attorney fee guarantee to you. Our firm will never charge an attorney fee in your case unless we win for you. Our legal team is committed to fighting tirelessly to obtain justice and fair compensation for you.