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January 2014 Archives

Factory in fatal collapse had history of safety violations

Connecticut and federal officials try to make sure that workplaces are safe, but they can't prevent every accident. What's worse, some employers have a history of not doing their part to watch out for the safety of their employees.

OSHA could fine demolition company $63,000 for asbestos hazards

For decades, Connecticut buildings were made with asbestos. The mineral is effective as insulation and as a fire retardant, but it can release tiny fibers that lead to cancer and other serious health problems when they get into people's lungs. The United States finally banned new uses of asbestos in 1989, but the substance still exists in many old buildings.

Gas station worker injured when customer crashes into pump

Connecticut's workers' compensation system is designed to provide benefits for workers who are injured in many kinds of accidents at work. To collect benefits, the injured worker doesn't have to prove employer negligence or show that the employer was responsible for an unsafe work environment. Generally, as long as the accident occurred while the worker was performing his or her job duties, workers' compensation should provide benefits.

Driver slams into Connecticut Department of Transportation truck

The Connecticut Workers' Compensation system provides benefits to workers who are injured in a workplace accident, but it can do the same for workers who are injured while away from the office on work-related business. In most cases, when the injury was related to the worker's job duties, the Workers' Compensation system can provide benefits.

Connecticut town investigated by OSHA

When Connecticut residents go to work, they expect to be safe while they do their jobs to earn money to support themselves and their families. They do not likely expect to be injured, thereby incurring medical bills and other expenses. Injuries at work do happen, however, and many of those injuries can be attributed to an employer's negligence or failure to adhere to proper health and safety standards.

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