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The importance of safety signage

Many Connecticut workplace accidents could be prevented with adequate safety signs and proper labels. Employers should not underestimate the importance of safety signage in term of keeping employees away from certain hazards and dangers, particularly when signs and labels can be made on the premises.

Remembering the importance of worker safety

Connecticut residents may be appalled to learn that an average of about 150 American workers died each day in 2015. This was according to a report issued by the AFL-CIO. Of the 4,836 who died that year of workplace injuries, 903 were Latino workers, and a total of 943 immigrants die. The rate of Latino deaths was 18 percent higher than the national average while the number of immigrant deaths was the highest in almost 10 years.

Bipartisan Budget Act prompts large incresaes in OSHA fines

The fines assessed against employers in Connecticut and around the country for violating workplace safety regulations increased by up to 78 percent in August 2016. These financial penalties had remained largely unchanged for several years, but a key provision of the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act required federal agencies covered by the legislation, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, to update their penalties in order to bring them into line with increases in the cost of living.

Trump could repeal silica law, advocacy groups warn

Connecticut residents may be interested to learn that, on April 6, the White House announced that a workplace safety regulation would be delayed. The regulation, which was issued by the Obama administration, would limit the amount of silica dust employees could be exposed to.

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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