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Pipeline workers at risk for workplace injuries in Connecticut

Connecticut residents rely on the hard work of many different types of workers for the products they use in everyday life, including those who work in the potentially dangerous pipeline transportation industry. Those who perform their duties in the pipeline transportation industry may be involved with transporting various products from one location to the next, including natural gas, refined petroleum products, slurry, and crude oil. Involvement with these materials, as well as the heavy machinery necessary for the job, may lead to work-related injuries.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for every 100 full-time workers in the pipeline transportation industry in 2014, there were three fatalities. In 2013, there was one fatality for every 100 workers, and in 2011, four fatalities. No data was available for fatalities from 2012. Additionally, in 2014, for every 100 full-time pipeline workers, there were 1.8 recordable cases of injury or illness. The Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies on-the-job injuries or illnesses as those in which a work exposure or event either contributes to a worker's ailment, causes it, or significantly aggravates a pre-existing condition.

Pipeline-related workplace accidents may result from a number of different scenarios. Two frightening causes of fatal injuries are fires and explosions. Working closely with flammable materials, these workers are at risk of being injured when a combustible material explodes. Additionally, exposure to harmful environments or substances may lead to dire health consequences for a worker. Another common cause of injury for pipeline workers is knee injuries, which can take a long time to recover from, and rehabilitation is often necessary in these instances.

The good news is that workers' compensation benefits may be available for a pipeline worker injured on the job, which can assist with medical expenses and lost wages. It may, thus, be wise for an injured worker to consult with an attorney for guidance about how to pursue such a claim.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Pipeline Transportation: NAICS 486," accessed July 1, 2016

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