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Truck accidents on the job pose risk for Connecticut workers

Connecticut workers face all sorts of workplace hazards. From potential ladder falls to unidentified safety hazards, many jobs present the risk of serious accidents. For workers who drive as part of their jobs, they are also at risk for car and truck accidents on the job.

Frighteningly, approximately three workers who are on the road as part of their jobs die every day in traffic-related motor vehicle crashes. This is the leading cause for fatal on-the-job injuries.

According to data from The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, of work-related motor vehicle crashes that led to death, 44 percent of the accidents involved a collision with an object that was not a moving motor vehicle. Of these, 23 percent involved a vehicle-pedestrian accident.

Alarmingly, most of the fatal events, 65 percent, occurred during daylight hours, and a significant majority occurred in normal weather conditions on roads that were dry. The vast majority of those workers injured fatally in work-related traffic crashes are male, and the highest number of fatalities involve workers ages 30 to 34.

Tractor-trailer accidents account for approximately 35 percent of fatal worker injuries, and workers involved in pickup truck or sedan accidents account for another 30 percent of fatalities. An additional 35 percent of fatalities stem from accidents involving farm equipment being operated on highways, station wagons, vans and compact utility vehicles.

Of course, many workers suffer non-fatal injuries in traffic accidents while on the job. These workers may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits, as may the families of those who have lost a loved one in a fatal on-the-job accident. Therefore, it is important to take the time to understand the options available following a traffic-related workplace accident.

Source: CDC, "Preventing Worker Injuries and Deaths from Traffic-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes," accessed May 6, 2016

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