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February 2013 Archives

Obsolete decompression tables threaten tunnel workers

Connecticut construction workers who work in tunnels with compressed air and high pressure levels may suffer from various health complications. Decompression-induced illness may include nitrogen narcosis, known as the "bends," bone lesions and joint pain. More serious ailments that affect critical organs, such as the spinal cord and brain, may also result. An individual that suffers from an occupational illness resulting from executing a job in an unsafe environment is deserving of compensation under workers' compensation laws.

Connecticut construction worker dies after a fall

Despite explicit and stringent Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines concerning workers functioning at tall heights, falls continue to be one of the leading causes of worker deaths. Construction industry workers are undoubtedly at higher risk of falls than workers in other industries, given the nature of their jobs.

Connecticut construction accident -- worker struck by I-beam

Workplace accidents are very common at construction sites and serious injuries are often involved. Falls, crane accidents, scaffolding accidents and forklift accidents are common types of construction accidents. Despite stringent Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines governing the construction industry, failure to take adequate precautions, wear proper safety equipment and provide adequate training to workers are frequently reported.

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