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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.

In a recent Connecticut construction site accident, a worker was injured and fell after being struck by an I-beam, which was used to remove objects from the construction site, when it suddenly changed direction and hit the worker, who fell onto a 25-foot wall. He was later rescued by firefighters. The ladder of a fire-extinguishing truck was used to reach the injured worker and bring him down. The worker was conscious when he was taken to Hartford Hospital.

The accident remains under investigation. It is not yet clear why the I-beam changed its course suddenly. Connecticut workers and their dependents should be aware of their rights in the event of any workplace accident.

Although a workers' compensation claim must be filed within one year, workers should try to report the injury to their concerned employers quickly. The appropriate form must be completed and sent, including a request for a return receipt that proves when it was sent. This is important to prove that the notice of claim was served on time.

Workers' compensation is a no-fault liability aiming to provide injured workers with necessary financial help under their challenging circumstances. The benefits awarded under workers' compensation may include medical expenses, lost wages and temporary or permanent disability benefits. In the event of a work-related fatality, the dependents of a deceased worker may be entitled to fatality benefits that include burial expenses and weekly wage replacement benefits up to 75 percent of the deceased's weekly wages.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Crews Rescue Injured Construction Worker," Jan. 25, 2013

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