Like all other states, Connecticut workers experience more than their fair share of work accidents leading to injury. In many cases, an accident is simply an accident, but other times, it is possible to pin down the reason a work accident occurred. Determining why these accidents occur is important because it can help workers avoid injury and help employers make a safer work environment.
The following sections contain three of the most common reasons work accidents occur in dangerous industries like construction, warehousing, manufacturing and many others.
Whether you are hurrying to catch up on your work or being pressured to move faster, never ignore established safety procedures. This is particularly important in industrial work settings that are already full of injury risks.
Failure to prepare
Starting a project before you are completely ready can lead to work accidents. Take steps to gather any tools or equipment you need and make sure you have complete knowledge about the nature of the project.
A messy, poorly organized work site is fraught with many hazards. Examples of unsafe worksite conditions include trip hazards lying around in the open, electrical cords stretched across work surfaces and uncovered holes or tunnels.
Employers have a duty to provide workers with proper safety equipment and proper training. They also have a duty to make sure work environments are as hazard-free as possible and should never encourage workers to ignore safety procedures. If you have suffered injuries in a work accident, filing a successful workers' compensation claim is your top priority.
While you might not need legal representation to acquire the injury benefits you need, you should understand that an attorney could help protect your rights during the claim process. This is especially important if your employer or any other party attempts to block your efforts to file a claim.