Salem police Lieutenant Scott Englehardt reported that a Danvers local was rushed to a hospital in Boston earlier this week after falling from the third-story of a Federal Street building. According to Your Town Danvers, law enforcement officials identified the victim as 26-year-old Richard Cross, a resident of the borough.
Police arrived at the scene of the construction accident after receiving a call about Cross, who had been working with a construction team on a renovation project and fell to the ground from the scaffolding outside the building.
"He was unconscious, they didn't even take him to Salem Hospital, they took him right into Boston," said Englehardt. "I imagine he must have had some pretty serious injuries."
Patch reported that Cross appeared to have suffered from severe head trauma, based on breaking news alerts.
The Lieutenant added that only one person, a co-worker who was on the scaffolding on the second-story at the time, was present when the incident occurred. However, the co-worker did not observe how Cross fell. Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials later arrived at the scene to further investigate what may have happened.
According to FindLaw, OSHA has said that about 65 percent of construction employees work on scaffolds on a regular basis, making building scaffolding one of the most common accidents that occur on construction sites. Workers who suffer harm or injury while on the job, like Richard Cross, may be entitled to workers’ compensation if they are insured by their employer.
To learn more about your legal options in a case like this, talk to an experienced loca personal injury lawyer who can explain your rights when it comes to workers’ compensation insurance and determine the appropriate legal remedies available to you.