Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows that 5,147 workers died in what's been described as accidental workplace deaths in 2017. While this number decreased by 43 people over what it was in 2016, worker fatality rates are significantly higher than they were 10 years ago. While an uptick in drug overdoses has resulted in many of these accidental deaths, some professions are just flat out more dangerous than others.
Data recently published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shows that just over 50,000 reports of workers being struck by falling objects occurred during its most recently recorded year. This equates to more than 140 workers being struck every day in this country. Although only 25 percent of construction workers consider these incidents to be preventable, they're more avoidable than most think.
Most workers in Connecticut have some understanding of their rights under the state's workers' compensation system, but what they don't know may lead to costly errors in pursuing a claim for benefits.
A 59-year-old Stamford construction worker fell to his death while attempting to replace a warehouse roof on Oct. 10. The incident occurred at Stamford Windustrial, located along Sunnyside Avenue in Waterside.
This blog focuses almost exclusively on the Connecticut workers' compensation law, but other laws at the state and federal level provide compensation for certain kinds of on-the-job injuries and illnesses. When two compensation statutes intersect, employers will often try to use the duplicate coverage to their advantage by arguing that the least generous set of benefits should control the case.
Connecticut's workers' compensation system provides a variety of benefits to workers who suffer an injury or illness that is related to their employment. If a person is rendered unable to work because of a work-related illness or injury, that person may be eligible for what are called "wage replacement benefits" until he or she is able to return to work. These benefits are also referred to as disability benefits.
Connecticut State Police and other law enforcement agencies have stepped up their public service announcements highlighting their increased enforcement of traffic infractions in road construction zones in recent years.
Filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits can be relatively simple, unless the claim is rejected by the workers' compensation commissioner or his designee. At that point, the procedure may become legally complicated depending upon the error that the commissioner is alleged to have made.
In its most recent post, this blog analyzed the nature of a third-party claim in Connecticut's workers compensation law. A third-party claim is a civil lawsuit against a party that is not the employer of the injured party but who may have been liable for a portion of the worker's damages.
Most Connecticut workers understand that they have a claim for workers' compensation benefits if they are injured or die in an accident that is related to their worker.