Construction work is dangerous, even on the best managed sites. Nevertheless, workers in the industry seem willing to accept the risks of serious injury or even death because the work can be both financially and emotionally rewarding. Fortunately, in the event that these workers are hurt on the job, they may be able to find financial relief. The workers’ compensation system in Connecticut provides valuable protection against the damages that a construction accident can cause.

One measure of the hazards of construction work is the increased incidence of opioid addiction. Twenty percent of workers’ compensation claims filed in 2015 were for opioid prescriptions. Construction managers understand that their workers suffer physical punishment on the job and that opioid addiction is an unfortunate consequence in many cases. Opioid addiction can compound the risk of injury by impairing the ability of workers to operate power tools or heavy machinery. Construction companies are beginning to take preventive steps to curb addiction by requiring pre-employment screening. Employees are also subject to testing while on the job.

Another hazard is the almost unlimited variety of accidents that occur. A construction employee recently lost his life when a power saw snapped back and hit him in the throat. Another worker was crushed to death by a bulldozer. Three weeks ago, this blog reported on a worker who had been crushed to death by a tow motor.

Construction workers who are injured on the job or in a work-related activity, as well as families of workers who lose their lives under such circumstances, can turn to the workers’ compensation commission for financial benefits that can help with medical bills, retraining, compensation for both temporary and permanent disability, and death benefits. Anyone who is considering applying for workers’ compensation benefits may wish to consult a lawyer who handles such claims for an evaluation of the claim and for assistance in assembling and filing the proper documentation.

Source: Hartford Business, “Construction industry stays vigilant against opioid abuse,” Matt Pilon, Sep. 4, 2017