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What is a repetitive stress injury?

It is a misconception to believe that the only types of injuries that construction and warehouse workers face are those that result from large-scale events, such as falls, crushing injuries and heavy equipment incidents. In fact, individuals who work in these lines of employment may suffer serious workplace injuries that parallel those often suffered by office and desk workers. Workers in a variety of fields can suffer repetitive stress injuries and can lose time from their jobs because of them.

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.

Report: Connecticut has lowest work fatality rate in the nation

In AFL-CIO's annual "Death on the Job, The Toll of Neglect" report, 2016 data indicated that Connecticut was home to the safest workplaces in the United States. During that year, the latest for which statistics have been compiled, 28 people died on the job in Connecticut, resulting in a fatality rate of 1.6 deaths per 100,000 workers. The national rate, by comparison, was 3.6 deaths per 100,000 workers. Rhode Island had the second lowest fatality rate at 1.8 per 100,000 workers, followed by California at 2.2 per 100,000.

Construction sites pose risks for Connecticut workers

Construction sites are well-known for the dangers they pose not only to visitors and passers-by, but also to the women and men who work on them. When a construction worker is injured on the job while performing their duties, filing a workers' compensation claim is typically the only recourse available to the worker. In Connecticut, the construction industry accounts for a large percentage of the workers' compensation claims filed in the state each year.

Warehouses can be dangerous workplaces for Connecticut workers

Any workplace can be dangerous for the folks who are on the job there. Of course, some industries, like health care and construction, are considerably more dangerous and account for a higher proportion of workers' compensation claims than others. In recent months, warehouses that fulfill orders for online retailers, such as the Amazon facilities in Windsor and Wallingford, have drawn the attention of regulators and worker safety watchdog organizations. Amazon will break ground on a new, 855,000 square foot fulfillment center in New Haven this summer.

Fighting for injured workers in Connecticut

When one is injured on the job, the only way they will be able to recover medical expenses and lost wages is typically by filing a claim through workers' compensation. Although, it may sound straightforward, filing a workers' compensation claim is not always as clear-cut as it may seem. This is largely due to the fact that when one makes a workers' comp claim, they are essentially making an insurance claim.

Connecticut not shifting workers' compensation burden to SSDI

Residents who are injured doing their jobs generally must rely on the workers' compensation system for medical and financial assistance. In some cases though, the workers' compensation benefits may not be sufficient to cover the lost wages or meet the financial needs of the injured employee. In such instances, an injured or disabled worker may also be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) from the federal government.

In Connecticut, hospitals more dangerous than construction sites

When people think of workplace accidents, they probably conjure up images of construction sites, manufacturing plants, or fishing boats. But in Connecticut and elsewhere, folks who work in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities run a greater risk for workplace injury than those employed in construction or manufacturing jobs. The incidence of injury is similar across all types of health care facilities, public or private, union or nonunion.

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