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February 2018 Archives

GAO reports on meatpacking industry safety concerns

The Government Accountability Office issued a report in November 2017 concerning the safety concerns of meat and poultry workers. Workers in this industry in Connecticut should be aware of what the report states as well as what OSHA's response to it was.

Workplace safety plans in need of updates

Employee perceptions of workplace safety in Connecticut and across the United States often widely vary from employers' policies, according to a study by Rave Mobile Safety. Researchers pointed out that the results help reveal employees' feelings about safety on the job as well as the levels of knowledge and communication currently in place in many workplaces.

Fall protection essential for construction worker safety

Falls represent the primary threat to the safety of construction workers in Connecticut, according to an analysis of data from a 33-year period between 1982 and 2015. The Center for Construction Research and Training studied data supplied by the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program and concluded that 42 percent of construction worker deaths resulted from falls.

How workers can stay safe when it's cold

Connecticut workers often have to put up with cold or wet conditions. When a person's body temperature drops to 95 degrees, a person is said to have contracted hypothermia. If a person is not able to get warm, it could result in significant injury or death. Frostbite occurs when tissue is frozen, and amputation may be necessary in some cases. Poor circulation or improper clothing choices can increase the risk of frostbite.

OSHA has fewer workers during Trump era

Connecticut workers may have fewer opportunities to report safety violations than they did when President Trump took office. According to a Freedom of Information Act request, OSHA has lost 40 employees during Trump's first term. This is part of an overall trend that saw 16,000 fewer federal government workers in September 2017 compared to the end of 2016. Every cabinet agency except the Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Interior departments have lost workers since Trump took office.

The process for workers' compensation claims

Employees expect to be safe when they go to work each day, unless they work at an inherently dangerous job as a firefighter, police officer, miner or construction worker. Employees shouldn't have to worry about whether they might get injured when at work or if they will get to leave in one piece at the end of the day. That's why workers' compensation is so important.

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