Workers in Connecticut face a wide array of potential accidents that can inflict serious injuries. A recent survey of work-related injuries in Connecticut and other northeastern states by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration illustrates the variety and seriousness of these accidents.

Over the past two years, more than 180 Connecticut workers sought emergency room treatment for injuries suffered in the workplace. These injuries included slips on ice, stairway falls, and similar incidents. Across the Northeast, more than 420 workers were injured. For Connecticut, these numbers represent a 60% increase in 2016 compared to 2015.

Mere numbers do not fully depict the nature and extent of workplace injuries. In 2015 and 2016, more than 50 workers in Connecticut suffered the loss of a finger or fingertip. One common injury is caused when one’s ring is caught in moving machinery. Such accidents tear the victim’s skin and bone tissue. Moving blades, such as cutting machines and power saws, were also responsible for a number of amputations. According to OSHA, hospital workers are the highest risk group of workers. Assaults by patients and slips and falls account for many of their injuries. Even office workers are subject to on-the-job injuries. For example, an office worker in Bridgeport suffered a broken hip in a fall caused by tripping over an extension cord. Falls from ladders and scaffolds are another common source of workplace injuries.

The Connecticut workers compensation system provides benefits for anyone who suffers a work-related injury. The benefits can include money for medical expenses, lost income, and temporary and permanent disability. Anyone who has suffered a workplace injury may wish to consult an attorney who is experienced in workers’ compensation claims for an evaluation of their case and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering benefits.

Source: Newstimes, “The worst Connecticut workplace injuries,” Sophia Tewa, July 26, 2017