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March 2018 Archives

Hospital workers face very real risks

Hospital work should, theoretically, rank among the safest industries; after all, workers have immediate access to care should a calamity take place. Unfortunately, research indicates otherwise. In fact, individuals employed in hospitals and other medical settings are among the most likely to incur injury while on the job. The question, of course, is why?

Construction workers' safety equipment can save lives

Many workers in Connecticut know just how important safety hardware can be on the job, especially in dangerous conditions or when working at great heights. This was vividly illustrated by the family of a worker who was injured in the March 2018 bridge collapse at Florida International University, where a recently installed 950-ton bridge crashed to the ground above a busy highway. One worker at the bridge heard a cracking sound and then locked his harness, according to his cousin, who attributes his cousin's life to the safety equipment.

Worker injuries at stake with fall arrest systems

Connecticut employees who work in high places are often at risk of on-the-job injuries and accidents. Since these types of worksites are associated with damaging falls and other injuries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has established strong standards for fall arrest equipment. One of these regulations sets the strength of anchor points that can be used at work sites as part of a fall arrest program.

OSHA enforcement necessary to protect workers

For employees in Connecticut and across the United States, the threat of workplace accidents and injuries is all too real. Far too many workers face unsafe conditions on a daily basis. The former head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration emphasized in testimony before a subcommittee of the House of Representatives that in order to provide protections for these workers, strong enforcement and implementation of standards is necessary, because voluntary employer programs tend to be ineffective in improving workplace conditions.

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