This past April, the Massachusetts State House honored those who died from workplace injuries in 2012. Nearly 100 advocates came together on April 26 in honor of Workers Memorial Day to pay their respects to 32 people who recently lost their lives to workplace injuries. The numbers have fortunately been on the decline, down from 58 deaths in 2011.
Workplace injuries and occupational diseases often go unreported and are typically tragic accidents. Of those honored on April 26th, were Freddie Clay, a 42-year-old truck driver who died last year working on a brake problem, and Michael Ledoux, also 42, a mechanic who was run over by a coworker. Investigations into Ledoux’s death were still ongoing almost a year after the tragedy occurred, but has been ruled an accident. The memorial included prayer, speeches and a moment of silence.
Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Services has considerable experience mediating and arbitrating workplace injuries. If you are involved with a case of this type, consider contacting MDRS at (800) 536-5520 to find out how you can use Alternative Dispute Resolution to help you resolve your matter.