Many Connecticut residents spend a good portion of their time at work. Unfortunately, each year, around 700,000 Americans experience an eye injury that impairs their vision in the workplace. Since so much time is spent in the workplace, it is imperative that emphasis is put on eye safety.
For business owners in Connecticut who wish to reduce safety risks in the workplace, the most important thing is to create a work culture that is more risk-minded than safety-minded. Many employers, unfortunately, believe that employees will be safe as long as they follow established procedures. Employees, for their part, often think of safety as the responsibility of the company and are not told to be proactive in recognizing and communicating risk.
Workers on farms in Connecticut may be at risk of serious workplace injuries and accidents. Farm work often involves large, complex machinery that can pose a significant risk of an acute injury. However, other types of injuries can develop over time due to repetitive exposure to certain types of physical stress. According to a study funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, many operators of farm machinery experienced vibrations that reached a limit set by the European Union for exposure in only two hours of operation. This is particularly concerning for workers operating these vehicles daily.
The American Ladder Institute designated March 2019 as National Ladder Safety Month as a way to spread the awareness of how ladders play a role in so many workplace accidents. Not just workers but everyone in Connecticut should know that more than 300 people die every year in ladder-related accidents, and there are a few common causes.
The risk for an on-the-job fatality is nearly 15 times greater for those in the motor vehicle towing industry than for those in any other private industry. This is according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which released a report on the issue after analyzing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Connecticut residents may want to know why the fatality rate is so high.
Temporary workers in Connecticut may be exceptionally vulnerable to workplace safety violations and unsafe practices. Across the country, an increasing number of workers are considered contractors or temps rather than full-time or even part-time employees. This change in how labor is done often makes it easier for companies to dismiss workers and avoid obligations to provide benefits or conduct collective bargaining. Temporary and contract workers may be treated differently than other employees, something that is to some degree upheld in terms of pay and benefits.
Workplace safety should be a concern of every worker in Connecticut. Having a safe working environment is a shared responsibility that depends on both management and workers communicating about and following safety standards.
According to PreventBlindness.org, approximately 2,000 people incur eye injuries on the job each day. One in 10 of these result in lost time from work. In addition, 10 to 20 percent of all work-related injuries in Connecticut and the rest of the U.S. result in temporary or permanent vision loss. Employers are encouraged to find durable, comfortable and fitting eyewear for their employees.
Some truck drivers in Connecticut may be in danger of shoulder injuries when they are raising or lifting trailers. However, researchers from North Carolina State University and the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries have looked at driver technique and concluded that positioning may significantly reduce the likelihood of damage. The study appeared in the journal "Applied Ergonomics."
The numbers are in, and they spell good news for Connecticut workers. After years of steady increases, the number of work-related fatalities fell nationwide in 2017. However, the 2017 numbers were still noticeably higher than the 14-year low set in 2009.