According to an article from UCONN Today, researchers found there were a total of 7,265 cases of occupational illness reported in Connecticut during 2011 alone. Calculations determined this gave the state a rate of 27.8 illnesses per 10,000 employees, This rate was found to be 35 percent higher than the national average and was an increase over numbers from the previous year.
The most common condition that was reported was a musculoskeletal disorder. This disorder was typically found in employees from the manufacturing, government, health, and education industries.
Experts explained that using more ergonomic practices and safer chemicals at job sites could significantly decrease the number of injuries seen in the state. They added that implementing programs that can track and prevent disease, along with providing contact information for those to report such incidents to, would also drastically reduce the number of occupational illness occurrences recorded each year.
Carter Mario's team of Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers are hopeful the report and its suggestions will be utilized by businesses to better protect their workers from the dangers occupational illnesses can pose. If you have been hurt at work and are seeking an experienced workers' compensation attorney to guide you through the claims process, please do not hesitate to contact our firm. Your initial case review is free of charge.