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How common are on-the-job injuries in Connecticut?

How much in safety risks workers face on the job can be affected by many things. This includes what industry they are in and how vigilant their employer is when it comes to workplace safety issues. It also includes where in the U.S. they work.

Recently, federal statistics were released on workplace injuries and illnesses here in Connecticut.

Fatigue in manufacturing

Given factors like the heavy equipment used in factories, workplace accidents in manufacturing can lead to particularly serious injuries. There are a range of things that can impact the likelihood of accidents occurring at manufacturing plants. This include how tired the workers at such plants are, as fatigue can create safety risks.

How common is fatigue among manufacturing workers? Very common, according to a recent study. The study found that almost 58 percent of manufacturing workers surveyed about whether they had experienced fatigue on the job within the prior week said that they had.

The time after the holidays can see a lot of injury litigation

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day have now all passed. Unfortunately, some people come out of the holiday season with something far less pleasant than joyful holiday memories: Serious injuries.

There are a range of ways that people can get hurt over the holidays. For example, given the prominent role alcohol plays in some holiday parties, the chances of falling victim to a drunk driver can be especially high over the holidays. Also, there are various slipping or tripping risks that individuals can face while shopping for the holidays, attending parties or generally being out-and-about for the holidays.

What to do when you encounter a tailgater on the roads

You are driving along and then you notice something alarming in your rearview mirror: The car behind you is following you way too close. This is, sadly, not an unusual experience. Tailgaters are a fairly common sight out on the roads here in the United States.

Preventing ice melting products from leading to poisonings

Winter weather can pose many challenges for homeowners. There are various products that homeowners may turn to for addressing the difficulties presented by ice, snow and cold temperatures.

This includes ice melting products. It is important for consumers, especially those with kids, to be aware of the safety risks that can come up in connection to these products. Products like antifreeze, rock salts, waterproof sprays and lock de-icers typically contain chemicals that can create poisoning risks if accidentally ingested.

Musculoskeletal injuries in long-haul trucking

Musculoskeletal injuries are a common type of workplace injury. Many different kinds of workers could end up facing such injuries. This includes long-haul truckers.

A recent study looked at musculoskeletal injuries in the long-haul trucking industry. The study reviewed data from a survey conducted at 32 truck stops throughout the United States. In the survey, long-haul truck drivers were asked about whether they had suffered musculoskeletal injuries on the job. Almost 1,300 truckers were polled in the survey.

Study ranks Connecticut in the middle for drunk driving deaths

In a recent report by SafeWise, the states and the District of Columbia were ranked based on how common drunk driving fatalities were in them in 2017. Connecticut landed around the middle in these rankings.

The study found that, in 2017, there were 3.34 traffic deaths involving impaired driving for every 100,000 people in the state. This gave Connecticut the 25th highest rate in the nation.

Deaths from workplace falls hit a record high in 2017

A sad reality when it comes to workplace accidents is that such accidents sometimes turn fatal. Recently, federal statistics came out regarding fatal work injuries here in the U.S. in 2017. The data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

According to these statistics, last year, there were 5,147 workplace deaths in the nation. The workplace death rate in 2017 was 3.5 deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers.

Study points to animal-related injuries being common and costly

Encounters with animals sometimes lead to injuries. A recent study points to millions of Americans facing such injuries and their effects.

The study looked at data covering visits to various U.S. emergency departments for the period going from 2010 to 2014. The study looked into how many such visits involved injuries from animals.

Connecticut ranked among the worst states for drivers

A recent report points to Connecticut being a frustrating place for drivers, compared to most other states.

This report, by Bankrate, looked at factors touching on driving quality, cost and safety to rank the states on their driver-friendliness.

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