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Cumulative trauma injuries can greatly alter your life

Going into work should be a safe activity for you. There isn't any reason why workers should have to worry about hazards harming them in the workplace. When there are dangers caused by the work duties, the employers should have proper safety protocol in place to help reduce the risk of workers being injured. Unfortunately, there are still far too many incidents that occur in the workplace that harm workers.

Workers' compensation claims must be handled correctly

An injury at work can start a chain reaction of events that impacts your entire life. Accidents can mean that you need urgent and ongoing medical care. They can also lead to you having to take time off of work. In these cases, you might need to seek workers' compensation benefits to help you with the expenses.

Sanitation employees and workplace safety

Sanitation workers in Connecticut are susceptible to injuries while they are collecting trash and performing other duties. The Solid Waste Association of North America reports that there were seven sanitation worker fatalities in just the first 10 days of 2018. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released data that reveals recyclable and refuse material collectors had the fifth highest fatal work injury rate in 2016 among civilian occupations. Furthermore, they had a fatality risk that was over 10 times higher than that of workers in all other industries.

E-commerce boom highlights warehouse safety issues

Connecticut residents may have read media accounts about the harsh conditions at many e-commerce fulfillment centers. In many cases, warehouse workers are put under extreme pressure to gather items that have been ordered and ship them out quickly. Media reports have alarmed workplace safety advocates because many warehouse workers have been killed or injured in job-related accidents. However, there are steps that fulfillment center and warehouse employers can take to mitigate these risks.

Construction fatalities on the rise

Construction sites can be dangerous places for far too many Connecticut workers. The combination of exposed building sites, heavy machinery and, at times, poor safety practices can lead to severe and ongoing workplace injuries caused by on-the-job accidents. In addition, there has been an upward trend in serious incidents at construction jobs; between 2011 to 2015, fatalities rose by 26 percent at these work sites. Some types of accidents rose particularly quickly -- for example, injuries for workers caught in or between objects shot up by 33 percent during that time.

Protective equipment keeps everyone cool under fire

Companies based in Connecticut need to take the safety of their employees seriously. Failure to do so could result in workers spending weeks in the hospital and incurring medical bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. In addition to the medical bills, employers could face OSHA fines and other costs that can significantly impact its ability to remain in business.

OSHA pushes trench and excavation safety

Workers in Connecticut who have to work in or around trenches and excavations may be interested to know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will make the reduction of excavation and trenching accidents a priority in 2018. The agency plans to promote awareness regarding the hazards trenching poses to construction workers, reduce the number of trench collapses and inform workers and employers on how cave-ins can be safely prevented.

Employees still at risk for eye injuries

Although Connecticut workers are likely aware that eye protection is supposed to be worn in certain workplaces, tens of thousands of eye injuries still occur annually. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are more than 20,000 workplace eye injuries each year, many of which result in at least one missed day of work.

Mental health factors affect women's work injury rates

Both employers and employees in Connecticut should know about a new study that suggests a link between mental health factors and an increase in women's work injury rates. Though the authors of the study admit that further research will be necessary to determine why this link exists in the first place, the results are noteworthy nonetheless.

OSHA lost safety inspectors during 2017

Connecticut workers may be disturbed to learn that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration lost 4 percent of its federal inspection force during President Trump's first year in office. OSHA inspectors visit workplaces across the country to issue citations for safety violations. They also note hazardous conditions that may lead to on-the-job accidents.

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