The man was working as part of a cleaning crew when he was partially sucked into a seasoning machine as he was cleaning inside a “vacuum-type cylinder,” according to police.
The machine was somehow switched on while he was still inside, causing him to be pulled underneath; his head and shoulders were lodged in the machine. He was removed from the machine and taken to Beverly Hospital to be checked for internal injuries.
Police say a language barrier prevented them from speaking with the man at length about the accident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was called to the scene to investigate.
OSHA received reports of nearly 3.7 million work accidents in 2008 and investigated 5,214 fatal work injuries. The most common injuries involved sprains and strains, followed by back injuries and falls.
Highway accidents were the most common cause of fatal work injuries (1,044), followed by falls (658) and workplace homicide (453).
If you have been injured in a work accident in Massachusetts or need to discuss your rights with a Boston worker’s compensation attorney, contact Jeffrey S. Glassman today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333.