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Worker killed in fatal New England workplace accident

This blog recently discussed the serious nature of construction accidents for workers and their families but any workplace accident can be devastating for workers and families. Workplace accidents can sometimes, unfortunately, be fatal. A recent fatal workplace accident in a nearby state is a reminder of the sometimes tragic nature of workplace accidents. The 51-year old worker was killed while working at a supermarket distribution center. The workplace accident occurred when the worker fell between a tractor trailer and the loading dock it was pulling away from. A forklift transferring items from the truck to the dock then fell on the victim, killing him.

Construction workers are protected when harmed on the job

Construction accidents can be devastating for construction workers and their families. There are a variety of potential hazards on construction sites and sometimes when employers fail to take appropriate action to help minimize the risks, construction workers can be harmed and suffer serious injuries or otherwise. Workers' compensation benefits are available as a safeguard against the harm construction accident workers and their families may suffer following a construction accident.

Connecticut workplace illness numbers increase

In total, workplace illnesses and injuries in Connecticut increased by 8 percent from 2013 to 2014. UConn Health reported that the number of workplace illnesses was 18.7 illnesses per 10,000 workers during that period which also places the number of illnesses in Connecticut at 7 times higher than the national average. Of the 8,257 occupational illness cases in 2014, approximately 3,500 were musculoskeletal related; 2,500 were infectious disease related, 650 were respiratory illnesses, nearly 400 were skin conditions and greater than 1,000 fell into an "other" category for the illness suffered.

Connecticut workplace fatalities on the rise

Resources are available to families suffering from the loss of a loved one in a fatal workplace accident. Fatal workplace accidents increased significantly in 2015 in Connecticut, according to a federal study. In Connecticut during 2015, 44 workers died in fatal workplace accidents which were 9 more workers killed in workplace accidents in Connecticut than during the previous year. The national rate for 2015 was 3.4 deaths per every 100,000 full-time workers. Connecticut ranked as 6th among states for its rate of fatal workplace accidents.

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