The incident occurred on Monday, January 13th, around 10:30AM.
The three construction workers were reportedly attempting to raise a scaffolding structure at 7 Fosters Point when one of the metal components came into contact with power lines. The 3 victims all suffered electrocution injuries and were taken to nearby Beverly Hospital were they are being treated. It is believed that one of the men remains in critical condition.
Mike Boccuzzi, a Beverly Police spokesman, indicated that a neighbor had heard the commotion of the nearly-fatal accident and called 911, though the initial report indicated that two men had fallen from the roof. Upon their arrival, emergency crews found the three men on the ground and learned that they had not fallen but had in fact been electrocuted.
No other details have been provided at this time regarding the circumstances of the incident or the status of the victims.
A contributor to Legal Herald and experienced attorney Kim Dougherty had the following insight to share with victims of grave injuries in construction accidents:
“The construction industry, aside from being renowned for it’s ability to erect massive buildings in seemingly no time, is also recognized for being one of the most dangerous professions in the entire country.
This is due to the extreme nature of the work, which itself often involves using and being close to powerful tools, heavy machinery, electric currents and other hazards. Nevertheless, the fact that construction work is dangerous does not entail that an injured worker should not receive benefits; one could even argue that they deserve them more because of this fact.
State law protects all employees, including those on construction sites, from having to pay medical expenses resulting from a workplace injury. The victims just have to file a claim and, once approved, begin receiving benefits.
In the tragic cases when a workplace accident results in death, the surviving family members of victims have the right to file a construction death lawsuit. This legal proceeding will give the family an opportunity to fight for the compensation that they deserve, and which can cover damages such as funeral/burial costs, loss of income, and emotional distress, among others.
Most people understand that it’s necessary to seek out an attorney when filing a lawsuit. Yet the help of a lawyer can also be instrumental when coming forth with a worker’s compensation claim. This is perhaps even more applicable when talking about an injury suffered on a construction site.
Victims of construction injuries should consider reaching out to an experienced construction accident attorney to further discuss all of their legal options."