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Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, with a fatality rate that is twice the national average. In Connecticut, construction workers are 10 times more likely to be killed on the job than workers in other occupations.

There are a number of factors that contribute to the high rate of construction accidents, including:

  • Unsafe working conditions: Construction sites are often cluttered with heavy equipment, tools, and materials, which can create a hazardous environment.
  • Lack of training: Many construction workers are not properly trained in safety procedures, which can lead to accidents.
  • Fatigue: Construction workers often work long hours, which can lead to fatigue and decreased alertness, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Drug and alcohol use: Drug and alcohol use can impair judgment and coordination, increasing the risk of accidents.

If you are injured in a construction accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that provides benefits to employees who are injured or become ill on the job. Benefits from workers compensation coverage includes payment of medical expenses, lost wages, permanent impairments, mileage to and from the doctors, and death benefits.

To file a workers’ compensation claim in Connecticut, you must first report the accident to your employer. You must then file a claim with the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission by filing a Form 30C. The commission will investigate your claim and determine if you are entitled to benefits.

If you have been injured in a construction accident, it is important to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you file your claim, negotiate with your employer, present your case before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, and fight for the benefits you deserve.

At Tindall Law Firm, LLC, we represent employees with workers’ compensation claims and third-party negligence claims. Attorney Tavis Tindall has 26 years of legal experience in this area of the law, and is committed to fighting for the benefits and compensation injured workers deserve. Whether your claim was denied or you are in the application process, we can assist you. For a free consultation with a Waterbury workers’ compensation attorney, please call 203.755.0018 or contact us online.

Here are some tips to help you stay safe on a construction site:

  • Always wear the proper safety gear, such as hard hats, safety glasses, and steel-toed boots.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and be on the lookout for hazards.
  • Follow all safety procedures and instructions.
  • Don’t take unnecessary risks.
  • Report any unsafe conditions to your supervisor immediately.
  • If you are injured, seek medical attention immediately, and report your injuries to the employer immediately.

By following these tips, you can help to reduce your risk of being injured in a construction accident, and help ensure if you are injured that you are able to properly process a workers’ comp claim.