According to Salem Police, at approximately 12:20 on Saturday November 13, 2010, a Lynn man was struck on the head and killed by a 50 pound sandbag on 60 Washington Street, Salem, Massachusetts where a construction crew was working on the roof of a three story brick building.


A crew from Victor Sosa Construction Inc. was working on the roof at the time. Juan Alvarado, a 39-year-old worker for the Beverly Company, was struck; he was pronounced dead at the North Shore Medical Center. Officials from OSHA are investigating the accident.
Construction work is one of the most dangerous areas of employment, with thousands of workers hurt on the job every year. Many of these injuries are the result of contractors’ and management’s failure to maintain a safe jobsite. Some of these injuries are the result of defective equipment. Other injuries are the result of carelessness or negligence on the part of a general contractor or subcontractor, for example failing to properly inspect the jobsite, failing to provide safe machinery or tools, or failing to provide workers with adequate fall protection equipment.
At the Boston law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C., our personal injury attorneys have been representing victims of construction accidents and industrial accidents for more than three decades. We have the background and experience you need to take on large construction companies and manufacturers whose negligence can lead to injuries and losses.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a construction site accident or workplace accident, contact an injury lawyer at Swartz & Swartz, P.C. We are here to answer your questions and protect your legal rights. Call our Boston, Massachusetts office at (617) 742-1900, or toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.
By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz P.C.