The Big Dig was an impressive highway infrastructure project in Boston, Massachusetts which was undertaken to alleviate chronic congestion across the city and the surrounding commuter areas and to replace the rusting elevated six-lane Central Artery. The construction work commenced in 1991 and was completed in December 2007. The Big Dig proved to be one of the most technically-challenging infrastructure developments ever carried out and a dangerous work site.
Five workers were killed during the construction process and an average of 264 injuries was reported annually to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In 2006, four concrete slabs, each weighing at least three tons, fell from the ceiling of the Big Dig tunnel on a passing car and crushed a woman to death.
The following is a list of some of the types of severe injuries workers sustained while working on the Big Dig project:
- Head injury and brain-damage
- Broken bones
- Eye injury
- Knee and ankle injury
- Neck, shoulder or back injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Illnesses caused by toxic chemical exposure
Five construction workers died over the course of the Big Dig project after being:
- Struck on the head by a wooden beam
- Injured when a piece of steel fell from a crane and impaled his head
- Fatally injured after falling to the ground
- Pinned against a concrete barrier by a tractor-trailer
- Crushed after being pinned between the cab and the wheel treads of a crane
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or you have lost a loved one as a result of a construction accident, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim above and beyond workers' compensation. Contact John M. O'Brien & Associates for strong representation from attorneys who have the compassion, skill, and experience to seek justice on your behalf.