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November 2013 Archives

Supermarket employee badly hurt when car crashes into store

Connecticut's workers' compensation system is designed to make sure that workers who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses get the benefits they need to cope with medical expenses and lost wages without having to resort to a lawsuit. Thus, a worker who suffers injuries at work and then collects workers' compensation benefits is typically prohibited from filing a lawsuit over the same incident. There are exceptions to this rule, however. One of them involves work-related injuries that were caused by a third party.

Latest U.S. report shows workplaces getting slightly safer

Here's some good news for Connecticut workers: The American workplace is growing safer. Or at least, that's one way to interpret the latest figures for non-fatal illness and injuries at work, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

New proposal would make workplace accident data public

A proposal by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would require many of the nation's employers to make public their information about workplace accidents and work-related illnesses. The federal government currently requires Connecticut employers to record information about injuries at work and work-related illnesses, but the summaries must be posted only at the workplace, in an area where all employees can see them.

OSHA orders Connecticut trucking company to drop its lawsuit

Workers' compensation laws in Connecticut don't just provide benefits for employees who are injured at work, they also protect workers who try to prevent accidents before they happen. Workers who have been fired or otherwise retaliated against after reporting workplace safety violations may have a claim of retaliatory discharge under whistle-blower protection laws.

Connecticut attempts to improve safety for highway workers

Connecticut drivers sometimes get annoyed when roadside construction slows down their commute. There's no doubt that these construction projects can create an inconvenience at times. Still, that's no reason to put the lives of road construction workers at risk. Many road construction workers are hurt or killed every year when drivers fail to slow down or fail to take adequate care when driving near a construction zone.

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