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February 2014 Archives

Connecticut lawmakers revive workers' compensation measure

Connecticut's workers' compensation system was set up to provide benefits for workers who are injured in on-the-job accidents or who are sickened by on-the-job exposure to toxic chemicals. One of the hallmarks of the system is the way it puts types of injuries into certain categories with corresponding benefit amounts. Workers' compensation has been around for a long time, and it has handled a lot of different types of work injuries and illnesses, but the system hasn't come up with a way to handle everything, and sometimes new cases require new categories.

Alarming rise in accidents among cellphone tower workers

Connecticut residents are increasingly dependent upon cellphones and other high-tech wireless communication devices, but they often forget about all the physical infrastructures that go into making these things work. In order to meet the growing demand for these devices, companies need to erect more and more communications towers, and this requires employees to perform dangerous work.

Connecticut company faces $109,000 in fines over safety hazards

Some jobs have inherent hazards, but all Connecticut workers have the right to a reasonably safe workplace. This means that employers have a duty to protect their employees from unreasonable safety and health hazards. To make sure they live up to that duty, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets safety standards for workplaces and enforces them with inspections and fines. Unfortunately, many employers don't seem to take OSHA or the safety of their employees very seriously.

Strengths and limitations of workers' compensation system

A previous post here recently addressed a factory collapse in which two workers were killed and 17 others were injured. Now, one of the injured workers has filed suit against his employers. The case illustrates some of the strengths and limitations of the workers' compensation system.

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