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BLS releases 2016 workplace fatalities report

Traffic congestion may not be what Connecticut residents think of first when it comes to on-the-job dangers. However, government data reveals that transportation accidents are the leading cause of workplace deaths in the United States. According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 40 percent of the workers killed in 2016 lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes. Among the dead were 632 truck drivers, 116 farmers and 62 landscapers.

Costs of workplace injuries stack up

Far too many companies in Connecticut fail to put sufficient attention on protecting workers' safety on the job. While many corporations proudly proclaim their commitments to safety, their practices may leave much to be desired. Many workplace injuries are considered to be the result of on-the-job accidents, but most of those accidents result from unsafe practices that are often overlooked or even welcomed in the workplace. In addition, many employers may consider some level of injuries to be a cost of doing business. Where improving workers' safety means rising costs or lowered profits, companies may choose to look the other way.

Startup's wearable tech could keep workers safe

Employers and safety managers in Connecticut may be able to improve the work environment for their employees with the help of an Insuretech SaaS startup based in Des Moines. Its name is MākuSafe, and it has recently developed a wearable band for employees that will record, in real time, all environmental and motion data. It can automatically report near-misses and hazardous situations as well as track information like lighting and temperature settings.

Associated Builders and Contractors safety rules reduce injuries

Construction worker deaths have been on the rise in Connecticut and across the U.S. In fact, data from the Center for Construction Research and Training shows that overall deaths in the construction industry increased by 26 percent between 2011 and 2015. Fatal accidents involving caught-in and caught-between injuries spiked by 33 percent over the same period. However, a new report by the Associated Builders and Contractors, or ABC, claims that companies that follow its safety program can vastly reduce workplace injuries and deaths.

Construction workers face dangers in trenches

Construction workers in Connecticut often face dangerous work on the job that can be an inherent part of dealing with shifting earth, unfinished structures, heavy machinery and physical labor. However, on far too many job sites, the health and safety of workers can be compromised by a failure to implement proper safety protocols and follow federal regulations. One of the most dangerous areas of work in the construction industry involves dealing with trenches and excavations, caverns or depressions created in the ground through the removal of large amounts of earth, stone or other materials.

Theater alliance seeks to avoid workplace accidents

While the entertainment industry is known for glamour and excitement, entertainment workers in Connecticut and across the country can deal with many dangers in the workplace. Common sources of on-the-job injuries include falls and electrical dangers as well as issues caused by poor ergonomics. That's why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will renew its alliance with entertainment industry groups in order to help promote safer workplaces.

Black lung threatens increasing number of coal miners

Although Connecticut has little or no history of coal mining, black lung is a frightening disease for anyone who has worked in a coal mine. This devastating occupational disease had appeared to be dying out by the end of the 20th century. At that time, there were only 31 cases of the most severe form of the disease reported to researchers and new cases of black lung had reached a historical low number. However, as the 21st century progresses, it is clear that far from being eliminated, black lung is perhaps a greater threat to workers' health than ever before.

OSHA sees staff reduction under Trump administration

Workers in Connecticut are protected by federal laws that require employers to provide safe working conditions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration oversees this aspect of the law, but the agency has seen a potentially troublesome reduction in staff since President Trump took office.

OSHA releases list of top 10 fiscal 2017 violations

Connecticut employers should know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released its annual list of the top 10 workplace safety violations. This one covers the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2017. The violations are, for the most part, the same as in previous years, but some are new to the list and may require much critical thinking on the part of businesses.

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