In observance of Workers' Memorial Week every year, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health releases a report of the "Dirty Dozen," aka the 12 companies with the most hazardous work environments. Employers and employees in Connecticut will want to know what some of those companies are and what kind of dangers are most prevalent.
According to OSHA, about 20 percent of workplace deaths in Connecticut and throughout the country happen on a construction site. The vast majority of construction-related injuries and deaths occur because of falls and falling objects. Electrocution and being stuck between objects are two other common ways in which construction workers can be injured or killed. However, there are steps that employers can take to ensure that their workers are as safe as possible.
Connecticut residents may have heard about Tesla and the electric vehicles that it produces, but they may not have heard that the company is under investigation by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In a report, the company was accused of not properly counting or identifying its employee injuries. The report also brought to light a paint shop fire that Cal/OSHA is looking into.
Employers in Connecticut, especially those in construction and other highly hazardous industries, may want to know about a recent ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The case is entitled Martin Mechanical Contractors, Inc. v. Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor.
You’re at work on a construction site when suddenly things go terribly wrong. You find yourself on the ground with pain radiating from your neck and back. When you arrive at the emergency room, the doctor informs you that you have sustained a spinal cord injury. What are spinal cord injuries? Are they treatable? Can you seek relief through workers’ compensation?
If you're a firefighter, you know that the risks associated with your job can go far beyond burns and smoke inhalation. The work itself can be repetitive and physically demanding, often resulting in injury over time. Last fall, the National Fire Protection Association reported that there were over 62,000 reports of firefighter injuries in 2016. Nearly half of the reports were due to repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) sustained in fireground operations.