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Connecticut among safest places to live, less so to work

Citizens of Connecticut generally enjoy a higher quality of life than do citizens of many other states. In fact, a survey of the safest states was conducted and published by the website WalletHub and ranked Connecticut sixth overall among all states. In spite of its high overall ranking, however, Connecticut ranked only 22nd in the survey's "workplace safety" ranking. Clearly, this indicates that there is plenty of room for the state's employers to improve job conditions in Connecticut.

The ranking is somewhat surprising because Connecticut had the fewest number of fatal occupational injuries of any state in 2016 (the most recent year for which data is available), with 1.6 deaths per 100,000 workers - compared to the national average of 3.6 deaths per 100,000 workers. Despite its relatively small number of workplace fatalities in that year (28), Connecticut's workers are injured and become ill at a rate that is significantly above the national average, resulting in higher numbers of workers' compensation claims.

Workers in Connecticut became sick or were injured on the job at a rate of 3.3 instances per 100 workers. In contrast, the national rate was 2.9 instances per 100 workers in 2016. Similarly, the rate of workplace illnesses or injuries that resulted in missed days, a job transfer or a job restriction was higher in Connecticut than the national average. In Connecticut, there were 1.9 such cases per 100 workers, compared with 1.6 cases per 100 workers on a national basis.

The criteria the survey examined to determine the workplace safety score included workplace fatalities as well as the incidence of job-related illness and injury. Any worker who has been injured or become ill while on the job should seek the advice of an experienced workers' compensation attorney.

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