Most tall buildings in Connecticut make extensive use of glass panels on the exterior walls. These panels are very heavy and can pose a risk to workers if they are not secured at all times before installation. In a recent construction site accident, one such panel was on a loading dock awaiting installation when it tipped over and killed a nearby worker.
The winter of 2017-2018 has dumped record amounts of snow on Connecticut. As a result, the safety hazards usually associated with winter - poor visibility, slippery spots, snow plows operating in limited space - have been exacerbated. Workplace injuries have also increased across the state, as demonstrated by the death of a worker in Wallingford that appears to have been caused by a snow plow.
Many Connecticut workers rely on their hands to earn a living, including carpenters, computer operators and machine operators, to name just a few. Injuries to the wrists and hands, while neither life-threatening nor crippling, can have a severe adverse effect on using the hands for work-related tasks. Persons who perform repetitive tasks using their hands often suffer a work-related injury known as carpal tunnel syndrome, and this condition can often interfere with or limit the effective use of the worker's hands.
Back pain is one of the most common workplace injuries in Connecticut. An understanding of basic types of back injuries and their symptoms can help workers avoid injury to their backs and understand when to visit the doctor. Many people experience back pain without receiving a definitive diagnosis of the cause.
Most Connecticut residents are aware that the state's workers' compensation program provides certain payments to persons who are injured on the job. They may also know that the federal Social Security Act provides benefits to persons who are disabled. Most people do not, however, understand how the two systems work together or which one covers work-related injuries. This post will provide an overview of the eligibility requirements for workers' compensation benefits under state law and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits under federal law.
The percentage of older workers in the labor force is increasing every year. This phenomenon may herald an increase in both the number of injuries at work and the seriousness of these injuries. According to persons who study the effects of aging on the workplace, employers are now taking steps to accommodate their older workers in an attempt to protect them from common injuries.
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.
Connecticut workers who suffer workplace injuries are entitled to compensation from their employer without needing to establish the employer's fault. However, the amount of the benefits is limited by state law, and the prescribed workers' compensation benefits frequently fail to provide full compensation. If another party is partially liable for the work-related injuries, the worker can recover those damages (less worker's compensation benefits) in a civil lawsuit. Such claims are often called "third-party claims." In a recent case, the third-party liability claim was settled, resulting in an additional payment of $425,000 to the injured worker.
Workers' compensation claims in Connecticut can often require many months or even years to be finally resolved. As demonstrated by the recent settlement of claims involving three work-related injuries spanning two decades, patience can be rewarding.
Anyone who has spent too much time in the summer sun knows how painful a sunburn can be. Each day Connecticut residents accidentally touch hot stoves, splash boiling water on themselves and suffer minor burns through different incidents. However, burns can also be injuries that workers can suffer on the job. This post will address some of the more common ways that employees may suffer burns while completing the tasks of their jobs.