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Connecticut nonfatal injury and illness rate higher than nation's

Connecticut workers may be surprised and dismayed to learn that they live in one of the 21 states that have an incidence rate of total recordable cases of nonfatal injuries that was significantly higher than the national rate. With more than 36,000 nonfatal illnesses and injuries at work recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the state in 2015, the incidence rate was of 3.2 cases per 100 equivalent full time workers, compared to a national rate of 3.0.

As mentioned previously, one of the most dangerous workplaces was of health services and educational services, and trade and transportation facilities, which amounts to 60 percent of all occupational injuries and illnesses in the state. The breakdown of incidence rates in the private industry demonstrated an incidence rate of 0.9 in financial activities and 5.1 in education and health services. The private industry incidence rate of 3.2 recorded in 2015 was actually lower than that of 2014, which was 3.5.

Of the 36,300 injuries and illnesses reported, more than 20,000 were of a serious nature. That means they were accompanied by days off from work, restrictions or, in some instances, job transfers. These cases happened at a rate of 1.8 per 100 full-time workers, compared to 1.6 nationally.

When workers are injured so severely on the job that they need to take time off from work, this means not only are they paying for the medical treatment they are receiving, they are also losing wages. When the workplace accident victim is the main breadwinner of the family, this can affect the whole family. This is where a workers' compensation claim can prove beneficial, as not only can it cover medical expenses but also loss of wages.

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