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Unsafe working conditions lead to Connecticut worker hospitalization

Workers' compensation covers more than injuries involving accidents on the job. Sometimes workers face health risk exposure due to conditions at worksites.

One Connecticut worker received medical treatment after suffering from acute dehydration and kidney failure earlier this summer. The worker began experiencing heat stress symptoms due to conditions on the job, and this subsequently resulted in eight days of hospitalization.

The worker apparently was providing asbestos abatement services in a sealed area while outside temperatures reached 96.5 degrees. The heat hazard increased in intensity because reportedly the work area lacked any fresh air intake. Employees were also wearing Tyvek suits and other protective equipment at the time.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration blamed the employer for not providing a program to prevent heat stress hazards from occurring. Such a program would have assured workers be supplied with adequate water, work breaks and access to shade. OSHA cited the Hartford-based employer for a serious violation, and the company is now facing a proposed fine.

The attorneys at Sousa & Minogue, LLC advise workers regarding their rights and help them obtain settlements as a result of workplace injuries or illnesses. This is an important service due to the complexity of Connecticut workers' compensation laws. We explore your options and make certain to address the needs for you and your family. This includes seeking recovery of compensation for medical expense and lost wages.

Sadly, employers often take shortcuts when it comes to workers safety in the mistaken belief that this will save on time and expense. However, besides causing avoidable suffering, work-related injuries and illnesses that occur due to a failure to implement proper safety procedures cause needless expense for everyone.

Source: WorkersCompensation.com, "OSHA Asks Connecticut Employers to Safeguard Workers After Heat Leads to Employee's Kidney Failure," Sep. 29, 2015

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