Machinery accidents are a common occurrence in the workplace. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, these accidents account for a small share of all workplace injuries and fatalities.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents, between 2004 and 2009, machinery accounted for 36% of all occupational fatalities in the state. In 2009 alone, machinery caused the death of 9 workers in Cambridge.
It is important to understand how machinery can injure or kill workers, and take steps to prevent these accidents from happening.
Here are some key safety tips to keep in mind when working with machinery:
• always use proper safety equipment, including eye protection, hearing protection, and a respirator if required • use caution when maneuvering heavy equipment • be familiar with your machine’s safe operating procedures • stay alert while working
Cambridge, Massachusetts is home to a number of manufacturing companies, including
Philips Holding U.S.A., Inc.
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc.
Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
|Biogen MA Inc.
Beigene Usa, Inc.
Akebia Therapeutics, Inc.
Blueprint Medicines Corporation
Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Seres Therapeutics, Inc.
These companies produce a variety of high-tech equipment and products, including medical devices, semiconductors, and aircraft parts. In addition, Cambridge is home to the Harvard University Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), which focuses on developing economic models and forecasting techniques. This makes Cambridge an ideal location for companies that need to stay up-to-date on the latest research in their field.
Machinery accidents can occur at any time and in any place.
If you have been injured in a machinery accident in Cambridge, Massachusetts, contact an experienced Cambridge Massachusetts machinery accident lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and protect your interests.
In Cambridge, Massachusetts, there have been a few machinery accidents that have caused serious injury or even death. Here are a few examples:
|AccidentDate||Employer||City||State||Description||Injury||Body Part||Event||Injury Source||Other Injury Source|
|21/10/2021||HARVARD UNIVERSITY||Cambridge||Ma||An employee fell and her shoulder struck the wall. She was hospitalized.||Traumatic injuries and disorders||Nonclassifiable||Fall on same level||Floor|
|06/10/2021||Harvard University||Cambridge||Ma||An employee was carrying a stack of ceramic dishes in a dish room. The employee tripped over a bucket of sanitizer solution, stored on top of an upside-down milk crate. She fell to the floor, suffering a broken right hip and a lacerated right elbow.||Fractures||Hip(s)||Fall on same level due to tripping over an object||Floor||Buckets, baskets, pails|
|21/09/2021||Cambridge Packaging Inc.||Cambridge||Oh||An employee was using a bandsaw to cut packaging cores. As he was cutting the last packaging core, the sawblade cut his right middle and ring fingers, causing partial amputations to the fingertips.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Struck against moving part of machinery or equipment||Band saws|
|09/09/2021||Neville Place at Fresh Pond, Assisted Living & Compass Memory Support||Cambridge||Ma||An employee slipped and fell down stairs, suffering a broken ankle.||Fractures||Ankle(s)||Other fall to lower level||Stairs, steps||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|11/08/2021||Cambridge Brands, Inc., a Subsidiary of Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc.||Cambridge||Ma||An employee was trying to clear film that had jammed on a bagging machine. The machine amputated the employee's right index fingertip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||Packaging, wrapping, bundling machinery|
|28/07/2021||John F. Shea Co. Inc.||Cambridge||Ma||An employee was descending a set of stairs that go from an access roof to a high penthouse roof. The employee slipped on wet plywood and fell off to the side of the stairs onto a roofing davit, landing on his left armpit and resulting in two broken ribs and a laceration to his left lung.||Internal injuries to organs and blood vessels of the trunk||Chest, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Other fall to lower level||Stairs, steps-outdoors||Rain|
|28/07/2021||MLS Sheet Metal LLC||Cambridge||Ma||On July 28, 2021, an employee was in a scissor lift and could not reach the work area. The employee fell 20 feet to a lower level while reaching over the railing of the basket and sustained injuries that required surgery.||Traumatic injuries and disorders||Nonclassifiable||Other fall to lower level 16 to 20 feet||Aerial lifts, scissor lifts-except truck-mounted||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|15/07/2021||LCL Bulk Transport Inc.||Cambridge||Ma||An employee was pumping a load of chocolate off a tanker. The dairy valve sucked in, injuring his right index and middle fingers and causing an amputation to a fingertip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation||Semi, tractor-trailer, tanker truck|
|27/05/2021||Wm. T. Spaeder Co., Inc.||Cambridge Springs||Pa||Two employees were lowering a 6-foot, 8-inch section of pipe to the ground with a come-along. The pipe slipped out of the rigging and struck a 6-foot stepladder one of the employees was standing on. The employee fell to the ground, suffered a skull fracture, and was hospitalized.||Fractures||Skull||Other fall to lower level||Step ladders||Pipes, ducts, tubing|
|04/02/2021||Omni Environmental||Cambridge||Ma||An employee was standing with his back to a skylight when he stepped backward and fell through the skylight, sustaining a leg injury.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Leg(s)||Fall through surface or existing opening||Skylights||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|21/01/2021||Quanex IG Systems||Cambridge||Oh||On January 21, 2021, a machine that is used to apply an adhesive to the back of solar panels became jammed. An employee attempted to pull the product from the jammed machine when hot adhesive sprayed out of the machine onto the employee's neck and hand, burning the employee.||Heat (thermal) burns||Multiple body parts||Contact with hot objects or substances||Adhesives, glues||Special process machinery, n.e.c.|
|06/10/2020||Accord Steel||Cambridge||Ma||An employee was rigging structural steel components for hoisting. When hoisted, one of the sling hooks gave way and the components fell onto the employee and fractured a femur.||Fractures||Thigh(s)||Struck by object falling from vehicle or machinery-other than vehicle part||Parts and materials||Overhead hoists|
|02/09/2020||Encore Plastics Corporation||Cambridge||Oh||An employee was lifting boxes weighing 27.8 lbs. to stack on a pallet and suffered a back strain.||Strains||Back, including spine, spinal cord||Overexertion in lifting-single episode||Boxes, crates, cartons|
|08/08/2020||J. F. STEARNS CO., LLP||Cambridge||Ma||An employee fell off a ladder and suffered a leg injury.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Leg(s)||Other fall to lower level||Ladders||Nonclassifiable|
|25/06/2020||Joseph Botti Co., Inc.||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee was chipping on an electrical duct. An arc flash burned the employee's upper torso.||Electrical burns||Chest, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Direct exposure to electricity||Electric parts|
|20/06/2020||Encore Plastics Corp||Cambridge||Ohio||While an employee was moving a trash can of product, the can fell onto the employee resulting in a broken left ankle.||Fractures||Ankle(s)||Struck by falling object or equipment||Cans|
|12/06/2020||Lee Kennedy Construction||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee was operating a scissor lift using the remote control box. The employee was struck by the lift and his foot was broken. He was hospitalized.||Fractures||Foot (feet)||Struck by object or equipment||Aerial lifts, scissor lifts-except truck-mounted|
|08/06/2020||DOW COMPANY INC THE||Cambridge||Massachusett||A gas powered concrete buggy began to roll down a concrete driveway. An employee attempted to stop it and was struck by the buggy, sustaining a broken leg.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Struck or run over by rolling powered vehicle||Industrial vehicle, material hauling and transport-powered, n.e.c|
|01/06/2020||Fogpharma||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee was hospitalized after being exposed to iodoacetonitrile.||Poisoning, toxic, noxious, or allergenic effect||BODY SYSTEMS||Exposure to other harmful substances||Chemicals and chemical products|
|24/01/2020||Encore Industries||Cambridge||Ohio||On January 24, 2020, an employee was removing a plastic ball from the feed throat of an injection molding machine. The employee's right middle finger was caught between the screw and the barrel, and the tip was amputated.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation||Plastic injection molding machinery|
|03/09/2019||MIT||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee was cut while using a box cutter and was hospitalized.||Cuts, lacerations||Nonclassifiable||Injured by slipping or swinging object held by injured worker||Box cutters and razor knives|
|23/08/2019||AMG Vanadium, LLC||Cambridge||Ohio||An employee was at a roaster machine moving a manual cart with a part on it. The employee's finger was pinched between the cart and a frame of the machine, resulting in an amputation to the left ring finger with no bone involvement.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Struck by rolling object or equipment being pushed by injured worker||Cart, dolly, hand truck-nonpowered||Forging machinery|
|11/08/2019||TURNER CONSTRUCTION||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee bent down to gather tools and suffered a hernia. The employee had surgery and was hospitalized.||Hernias due to traumatic incidents||Abdomen, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Bending, crawling, reaching, twisting-single episode||Bodily motion or position of injured, ill worker|
|06/06/2019||NEI General Contracting||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee fell 10 feet from a ladder.||Traumatic injuries and disorders||Nonclassifiable||Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet||Ladders||Nonclassifiable|
|14/05/2019||NICOLOZAKES TRUCKING & CONSTRUCTION INC.||Cambridge||Ohio||An employee was attempting to rekindle a small fire with gasoline to burn scrap wood when the resulting fire burned the employee.||Heat (thermal) burns||Nonclassifiable||Ignition of vapors, gases, or liquids||Gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel||Scrap, waste, debris, n.e.c.|
|09/05/2019||HARVARD UNIVERSITY HOSPITALITY & DINING SERVICES||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee amputated a fingertip while cutting cabbage with a chef's knife.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Injured by slipping or swinging object held by injured worker||Knives|
|12/04/2019||Bala TMP Consulting Engineers Inc||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee was inspecting a cabinet when a wind gust shut the door on the employee's finger, causing an amputation.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Struck by swinging or slipping object, other than handheld, n.e.c.||Cabinets, cases-display, storage||High winds, gusts, turbulence|
|26/02/2019||Schwebel Baking Company||Cambridge||Ohio||On February 26, 2019, an employee fell from the lift gate of a delivery truck resulting in hospitalization for a fractured hip.||Fractures||Hip(s)||Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet||Delivery truck or van||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|18/02/2019||Encore Industries, Inc.||Cambridge||Ohio||An employee was trying to retrieve a tray that had fallen in a stacker. The stacker cycled and the employee's right middle finger was caught between the tray and the stacker frame. The fingertip was partially amputated.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation||Stacking machinery|
|25/09/2018||Colgate Palmolive Company||Cambridge||Ohio||An employee was clearing a bottle jam from a trimmer reamer when the machine cycled and the employee's hand was caught in the machinery, fracturing four fingers and severely lacerating his hand and fingers.||Fractures||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning||Reaming machines|
|17/09/2018||MIT||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee pulled a muscle while lifting a table, suffering a hernia to the lower torso area that required hospitalization.||Hernias due to traumatic incidents||Abdomen, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Overexertion in lifting-single episode||Tables, worktables|
|25/06/2018||Colgate Palmolive Company||Cambridge||Ohio||On June 25, 2018, an employee was fixing a leak in a liquid dish bottle labeler when the machine started up, fracturing both of the employee's hands.||Fractures||Hand(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning||Product labeling machinery|
|07/05/2018||HARVARD UNIVERSITY||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee received an amputation.||Amputations||Nonclassifiable||Nonclassifiable||Nonclassifiable|
|22/04/2018||Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Massachusetts||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee was cleaning a gutter from a ladder. While coming down the ladder, he missed a step, lost his balance, and fell, fracturing his legs.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Other fall to lower level||Movable ladders|
|30/03/2018||HARVARD UNIVERSITY||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee amputated a fingertip with a manual paper cutter.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Injured by slipping or swinging object held by injured worker||Cutting handtools-nonpowered|
|21/03/2018||HANKARD ELECTRIC CO., INC.||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee was on a ladder testing an energized wire in the ceiling to make it safe when his pliers touched the electrical junction box, causing an arc flash. The flash startled the employee, causing him to fall off the second rung of the ladder to the floor, re-aggravating a pre-existing shoulder injury.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Shoulder(s), including clavicle(s), scapula(e)||Other fall to lower level||Movable ladders|
|16/01/2018||HARVARD UNIVERSITY||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee suffered lacerations to four fingers while using a lathe.||Cuts, lacerations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||Lathes|
|02/01/2018||TREVIICOS Corp.||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee was guiding a trash pump that a crane was moving into place for a concrete pour. The employee had to climb onto the trash pump base to release the main block hook from the wire rope rigging. As he grabbed the rigging with his right hand, his footing slipped and he grabbed the top frame of the trash pump. In his efforts to keep from falling, he pulled the rigging (still attached to the main block) toward him, which caused the hook to amputate his left little fingertip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Slip without fall||Nonclassifiable|
|07/10/2017||Bon Me Foods, LLC||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee was using a lighter to light a propane steam table burner when the lighter ignited propane gas that had accumulated in the steam table due to a valve that had been left open earlier. The employee suffered burns to the face, neck, right arm, and right hand.||Heat (thermal) burns||Multiple body parts||Ignition of vapors, gases, or liquids||Propane||Tools, instruments, and equipment, n.e.c.|
|29/09/2017||HARVARD UNIVERSITY||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee received an amputation.||Amputations||Nonclassifiable||Nonclassifiable||Nonclassifiable|
|27/09/2017||Quanex IG Systems||Cambridge||Ohio||An employee walked around a parked forklift and tripped over the fork tines, fracturing the right elbow. The employee was hospitalized and had surgery.||Fractures||Elbow(s)||Fall on same level due to tripping over an object||Floor||Forklift, order picker, platform truck-powered|
|05/07/2017||Picoma Industries Inc.||Cambridge||Ohio||On July 5, 2017, an employee suffered an amputation injury to his hand while performing a routine pin change on a facer. The guard was not in place at the time.||Amputations||Hand(s)||Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||Machinery|
|16/05/2017||Fred Williams Inc.||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee fell off a stepladder while installing a new HVAC unit, hitting the floor and suffering a head fracture.||Fractures||Head||Other fall to lower level||Step ladders|
|15/03/2017||The Charles Stark Draper Labratory, Inc.||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee was walking in the parking garage, slipped on ice and fell striking the right knee on the ice and concrete. The employee was hospitalized for a torn right quadricep.||Major tears to muscles, tendons, ligaments||Thigh(s)||Fall on same level due to slipping||Parking lot-paved||Ice, sleet, snow|
|15/03/2017||MIT||Cambridge||Massachusett||On 3/15/17, an employee walking on a walkway towards the southwest entrance of the building slipped and fell on ice and broke their right leg. The employee was hospitalized.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Fall on same level due to slipping||Sidewalks, paths, outdoor walkways||Ice, sleet, snow|
|13/03/2017||Delta Beckwith Elevator Company||Cambridge||Massachusett||On 3/13/17, a ladder slipped while an employee accessed an elevator pit and the employee fell 14 feet to the elevator platform. The employee then rolled and fell an additional 6 feet to the elevator pit, suffering a hairline fracture to the head.||Fractures||Head||Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet||Movable ladders|
|17/02/2017||HARVARD UNIVERSITY||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee was seated behind the reception desk at which he works. Dust from ongoing construction activities in the facility reached the employee, who experienced respiratory distress. The employee was hospitalized.||Other respiratory system symptoms-toxic, noxious, or allergenic effect||BODY SYSTEMS||Inhalation of harmful substance-single episode||Dirt particles and dust from dirt, debris|
|10/02/2017||SDI Interiors Contractor||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee was balancing a granite countertop that was on the floor when it fell on and broke his left ankle.||Fractures||Ankle(s)||Struck by object or equipment dropped by injured worker||Counters, counter tops|
|07/01/2017||Cambridge Brands, Inc., a Subsidiary of Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc.||Cambridge||Massachusett||An employee felt a sharp pain in his back and neck while picking up stock. The employee was admitted to the hospital.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Neck and back||Overexertion in lifting-single episode||Nonclassifiable|
|09/10/2016||Petta Enterprises, LLC||Cambridge||Ohio||At approximately 2:30 a.m., an employee was power washing the inside of a tanker. The employee got out of the tanker and said it smelled foul. Monitoring was done and no hazardous atmospheres were detected. The employee re-entered the tanker and approximately 10 minutes upon return he passed out. The employee was hospitalized and treated.||Other traumatic injuries and disorders||BODY SYSTEMS||Nonclassifiable||Nonclassifiable|
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