When it comes to work-related injuries, some fields of work are simply more dangerous than others, and the chance of injury is significant. Construction jobs, for example, place employees in compromising positions on an almost daily basis. Connecticut construction workers who have been injured on-the-job may utilize workers' compensation benefits to help cover the costs associated with those injuries.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 6.5 million individuals are employed and work at construction sites across the country every day. This particular industry reportedly has a higher fatality rate than all others. Some of the potential hazards associated with this type of work include:
- Scaffolding collapse
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Electric shock
- Lack of proper safety equipment
Each of these, and the many other possible hazards, can be avoided. Employers that offer proper training, tools and equipment can greatly reduce the number of workplace accidents that may occur on their sites. If an accident, injury or work-related illness does come about, workers' compensation benefits may offer the compensation needed for the employee to get any help required.
A work-related injury or illness can be physically, psychologically and financially damaging. Connecticut construction workers who have applied for workers' compensation benefits but whose claims have been denied, or those who feel the amount given is unfair or inadequate for the injury or illness suffered, do have the right to pursue legal remedies for the situation. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can assist in seeking fair and full coverage by filing any appropriate legal claims.
Source: osha.gov, "Worker Safety Series: Construction", Jan. 2, 2015