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Dealing with a workplace accident in Connecticut

Connecticut residents may be interested to read about one recent workplace accident in which a worker was injured when more than 17 tons of precast concrete knocked out a temporary anchor on a support platform and he fell in an aerial cage, with an unknown weight of material falling on him. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The incident from Minnesota caught the attention of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which may conduct an investigation. A spokesman for the construction company involved said the company would also investigate.

Construction accidents can happen in an instant and with minimal or no warning. With heavy snows covering Connecticut, the chance of construction accidents increases. Construction sites pose considerable risks to workers as they work with heavy equipment in dangerous circumstances, such as in high places. A construction worker's job differs from those of many other people because potential risks from the elements are always present in the workplace.

Employers and contractors should always inspect the site for hazards that may cause an accident at work. They also should provide safety equipment for workers to prevent injuries and fatalities such as those often seen with a ladder fall or a scaffolding fall.

Workers who sustain injuries in the workplace may file a workers' compensation claim. Workers' compensation claims allow workers to receive monetary assistance during the healing process. Workers have the right to be fully reimbursed for lost wages because of an accident. Workers also may be entitled to benefits such as permanent partial disability benefits.

Source: Southernminn.com, "OSHA investigates construction site injury at Le Sueur Cambria," Suzanne Rook and Jaci Smith, Dec. 21, 2012

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