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Serious Safety Concerns In The Workplace For Connecticut Residents

When at work, people have a million things on their minds. Deadlines, projects and clients are main concerns that keep employees busy. One thing that is often overlooked, but should be a main concern, is injuries and safety in the workplace.

Safety in the workplace should be a major cause for concern among Connecticut workers. Workplace safety is closely monitored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA.

OSHA recently found 30 serious workplace violations in Associated Spring-Barnes Group Inc.'s metal stamping plant located in Bristol. According to OSHA, there were explosions, falls, burns, fires, electric shocks and even amputations that were not properly addressed by the company. The company has been cited for the violations and fined $139,000.

Violations And Injuries To Workers

Serious safety violations surfaced at the metal stamping plant because of a number of injuries that resulted in death or serious bodily harm. OSHA found that the plant was negligent in its safety practices. Dust accumulated to the point that fires could occur easily. The plant was also not equipped with proper safety equipment for employees such as hearing protection and eye safety stations.

OSHA gave the business 15 business days to respond to the citations and comply with the safety measures.

Employers are responsible for providing workers with safe working conditions. Every employer has a duty to have safety procedures in place, along with education and assistance provided to their employees.

When Companies Are Violating Their Duty

Because of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are the ones deemed responsible for employee safety. When they violate this duty, they place their employees at risk of serious injury or even death.

When a person is seriously injured at work, he or she is not without remedy. Workers' compensation is an option for anyone injured while at the workplace. Workers' compensation allows the individual to receive money to cover medical costs and pays them for missed time at work.

Workers' Compensation Claims For Injured Victims

Although workers' compensation is set in place to protect employees, the claims do not always go smoothly. Sometimes, individuals have a difficult time with the initial filing of the claim and others face a dilemma when their claim is denied.

Discussing the claim with a Connecticut attorney who has experience with workers' compensation can help injured employees get the compensation they deserve. No injured party should suffer alone; contact a workers' compensation attorney to discuss your options if you have been injured at work.