The potential for work accidents exists at all Connecticut workplaces, but some workplaces and types of work are inherently riskier than others. One especially risky form of work is firefighting.
A town golf course worker in Connecticut suffered a hand injury from a mower he was using while on the job. The Connecticut Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration-the state's equivalent to the federal OSHA-is now investigating alongside the Ridgefield Police.
According to the Connecticut Department of Labor On April 28, an average of 40 Connecticut workers die from injuries suffered at the workplace. Another 50,000 or so are injured in accidents at work.
Certain Connecticut jobs are more dangerous than others. Construction workers, for instance, deal with heavy equipment and have to climb tall structures. Still, accidents - even fatal accidents - can happen at all kinds of workplaces. When they do, they leave the injured and their families struggling.
Some jobs have inherent hazards, but all Connecticut workers have the right to a reasonably safe workplace. This means that employers have a duty to protect their employees from unreasonable safety and health hazards. To make sure they live up to that duty, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets safety standards for workplaces and enforces them with inspections and fines. Unfortunately, many employers don't seem to take OSHA or the safety of their employees very seriously.
Connecticut's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or CONN-OSHA, is known for responding to complaints or work accidents and imposing fines on private employers who provide their employees with an unsafe working environment. However, CONN-OSHA also conducts random inspections and can impose fines on even government agencies when they violate safety standards.
No kind of workplace can be made 100 percent safe from accidents, but Connecticut and federal laws require employers to take reasonable steps to protect workers from safety hazards. When a simple and affordable device can make a big difference in protecting workers from a serious accident at work, employers should use the device.
Connecticut and federal laws require employers to provide their employees with a safe workplace. Workers should tell their employers about any safety hazards they find on the job, but when the employer refuses to correct the problem, workers can file a complaint with Connecticut's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CONN-OSHA) or the U.S. OSHA.
Most Connecticut residents probably don't give much thought to their electricity until it goes out. But for some Connecticut workers, keeping the lights on is a full-time job - and sometimes a dangerous one.