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Rise in construction work increases risk

In the last few years, there has been a significant rise in the amount of construction activity. This has had the benefit of helping the economy and providing jobs for many Connecticut residents, but it has also resulted in an increase in the number of accidents on construction sites. The number of people employed as construction workers is at its highest level since 2008, and wages are up for this line of work as construction firms look for new employees.

DOL vows to be tough on employers in 2017

Accidents at workplaces around the country killed about 13 workers every day in 2015, and figures from the U.S. Bureau of labor Statistics reveal that a further 3 million workers suffered an injury or became ill while at work. Connecticut employers must abide by workplace safety legislation such as the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor helps the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to develop new regulations and enforce these laws.

The rise in traffic fatalities

According to the National Safety Council, a nonprofit safety advocacy group, the number of motor vehicle deaths around the country in 2016 reached 40,200, many of which were in Connecticut. The figure represents an increase of 6 percent from 2015 and a 14 percent jump from 2014. It should also be noted that the increase in the traffic fatalities has occurred as motorists are driving more due to a robust economy and inexpensive gas.

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