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Connecticut In Top Half Of Workplace Illness Rankings

For the past seven years, Connecticut has had rates of work-related illness and injuries above the national average. While we have previously discussed the specific rate associated only with workplace injuries, a new examination of the statistics shows that rates of workplace illness are also well ahead of nationwide figures.

But where does the state rank in comparison with other states, and has the rate of injuries increased or decreased at all in recent years?

The Study

The study, created on behalf of the State of Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission's occupational disease surveillance program, attempts to paint as comprehensive a picture as possible about workplace diseases and illnesses. This has historically been hard to do, because illnesses are often underreported and their effects may not be as readily apparent as the effects of a traumatic workplace injury. This new analysis looks at statistics from 2013 and 2014, the most recent years for which finalized data has been released.

This report also attempts to answer questions such as those posed above and breaks down illnesses by type, location and industry involved.

The Findings

The study found that:

  • Connecticut had the 18th highest number of occupational disease occurrences. It should be noted that only 41 of the 50 states had reportable data.
  • Year-over-year reports of workplace illnesses rose by 8 percent between 2013 and 2014.
  • The Connecticut rate of illness was 7 percent higher than the national average.
  • Musculoskeletal disorders were the most common type of illness or disease reported.

What Does This Mean?

The study, unfortunately, means that workers in Connecticut are at a higher than average risk of contracting a work-related illness or disease. In these instances, as well as situations involving job-related injuries, it is important to seek workers' compensation to cover medical bills and other related expenses.

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