Workplace deaths have risen 3 straight years
A health care company compiled state-by-state injury trends
Having your workers' compensation claim denied is stressful and can put you in a really tough spot. Medical bills are piling up, you've lost wages from not being able to work and you're in desperate need of compensation. When a claim is denied, typically you'll receive a letter detailing the reason why. If you believe the ruling was unfair or made in error, you have the opportunity to appeal the denial.
Workplace injuries are often preventable, requiring that employers, contractors and sub-contractors take care in creating a safe work environment. OSHA is the federal agency responsible for regulating safe workplace conditions and in investigating in the event of an injury or death. OSHA is charged with regulating safety policies, procedures, and equipment and has the authority to fine a company or organization that is in violation of OSHA regulations.
For consumers in in New Haven, Connecticut and nationwide, Black Friday means sales, shopping sprees, and even post-Thanksgiving bonding with loved ones. Four years ago, the name "Black Friday" took on a different meaning when an employee was trampled to death by frenzied shoppers in a Walmart store.
In a prior post we warned about the potential dangers of post-clean up accidents and injuries. Government employees as well as private companies responsible for removing trees and debris after Hurricane Sandy are facing unpredictable elements and hidden dangers. In addition to dangerous tools or falls, many workers could be endangered by unstable structures. In a tragic work-related accident last week, a Connecticut employee was killed while trying to cut down in Middlebury.
Government employees as well as private contractors are working on cleaning up debris, including fallen trees, after Hurricane Sandy. According to local doctors, workers responsible for post-storm clean-up are at risk of serious injury caused by chainsaws, woodsplitters and other tools. The machinery can cause gruesome injuries, including amputation and deep tissue wounds to fingers and hands.
Workers' compensation claims are intended to give workers quick resolution when they are injured while in the course of performing work-related duties. It is not necessary to prove negligence, only that the injury was work-related. Claims can get complicated, especially when insurance companies and employers contest an injury as a "work-related." Last week, a former NFL player won a workers' comp case involving an injury he suffered while warming up for a preseason game.
OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is the nation's premier worker safety agency. Workers in Connecticut and nationwide depend on industry regulations and guidelines to ensure their safety while on a site.