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Rooftop fall kills construction worker

Construction workers in Connecticut are often required to work many feet off the ground, and fatal falls are an unpleasant aspect of this work. A recent construction accident in near-by Concord, N.H. illustrates the extremely hazardous nature of such work.

According to police at the scene, the worker in question fell about 30 feet from the roof of a commercial building to a hard, concrete-like surface. He suffered several critical injuries and was taken by ambulance to a near-by hospital. He later died at the hospital. The exact cause of the fall has not been determined. The deceased worker was employed by a local roofing contractor, but no one has released information about whether other parties may have been involved in the work that resulted in the fatality.

How good riding gear saved a motorcyclist's life in a deer crash

In a recent blog post on the Skilled Motorcyclist Association's website, a man described how his high-quality motorcycle equipment saved his life when he struck a deer. The post, titled "Quality Gear vs. Deer," describes a terrifying moment when the veteran biker struck a deer.

The motorcyclist, who has been riding bikes for nearly 40 years, said that he wasn't always a proponent of motorcycle safety equipment, but after attending a motorcycle safety program, he decided to invest in some safety equipment. That decision saved his life when, in 2009, he got into an accident with a deer, totaled his motorcycle, broke his shoulder, broke five ribs and punctured his lung.

Occupational illnesses are serious threat for Connecticut workers

Workplace illnesses continue to be a serious threat to the well-being of Connecticut workers. According to a report released on Labor Day by the University of Connecticut, occupational illnesses continue to be a serious and under-reported health issue for workers in the state.

The most recent data come from information collected in 2016. The data shows that 7,500 occupational illnesses were reported for that year, with an estimated 25,000 cases remaining unreported. The most recent data, collected from workers' compensation claims, physician reports to the Occupational Injury and Illness Surveillance System, and other agencies, shows that 17.4 cases per 10,000 workers, which is higher than the national average of 16.4.

Businesses may be responsible for injuries in a slip-and-fall

Most people think of a slip-and-fall accident as a minor incident. This perception is undoubtedly the result of years of film comedy implying that people can get right back up after a fall. While many people, including young adults and children, can rebound quickly after a slip and fall, not everyone is so lucky.

In fact, the older people are, the more likely they are to suffer serious injuries when they slip and fall. Sometimes, those injuries can prove life-altering. Regardless of your age, if you got hurt after slipping on the floor or in the parking lot of a business, you may have the legal right to pursue a premises liability claim against that company.

Understanding the workers' compensation appeal process

Filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits can be relatively simple, unless the claim is rejected by the workers' compensation commissioner or his designee. At that point, the procedure may become legally complicated depending upon the error that the commissioner is alleged to have made.

All appeals are heard and decided by the Compensation Review Board. The exact nature of the review depends upon the errors that the commissioner made ruling on the claim. (Both employees and employers may appeal decisions of the commissioner.)

Stolen car causes 6-vehcicle accident

A car accident in Orange, Connecticut, was allegedly caused by a driver in a stolen vehicle.

The car was apparently in Derby when it was stolen, and law enforcement officers had been trying to stop the driver. The car kept going and they chased it over to Orange. That's when it went out of control and slammed into numerous other cars.

Employers must follow scaffolding safety standards

As previous posts on this blog have discussed, one of the biggest dangers construction workers in Connecticut face is a fall from heights. Oftentimes, workers have to use temporary scaffolding to move from level to level while working on a large building.

While some point might think that it is just in the nature of the job that this relatively flimsy material will from time to time give way and cause worksite falls, in fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, sees the issue differently. They have promulgated specific standards that employers and others at a construction must follow with respect to scaffolding. These standards are there to assure that no worker needlessly falls and severely injures herself.

Worker rights, and employer obligations, with regard to toxins

Many factories and other industries in Bridgeport and other parts of Connecticut have to use chemicals and other toxic substances as part of their business. While this might be understandable, employers have an obligation to make their workers' safety a priority.

As such, companies that use toxins in their businesses have certain obligations to protect workers when the business must use these chemicals in the workplace.

Why don't drivers see motorcycles?

Why does it seem like some drivers can't share the road with a motorcycle very well?

If the driver of a passenger car or truck almost hits you, the odds are high that he or she probably didn't see you in the first place -- but it wasn't because the driver wasn't looking. He or she really did not see you.

High court orders payment of comp benefits for injured worker

In its most recent post, this blog analyzed the nature of a third-party claim in Connecticut's workers compensation law. A third-party claim is a civil lawsuit against a party that is not the employer of the injured party but who may have been liable for a portion of the worker's damages.

We did not examine what happens to a third-party recovery or the effect of a third-party recovery on the employee's eligibility for continuing workers' compensation benefits. In a recent decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court reversed a ruling of the state Compensation Review Board that allowed an employer to refuse to pay benefits if the employer succeeded in recovering damages from a third party.

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