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How can you make a construction site safer?

You probably know construction sites are dangerous places. With so much heavy equipment present, scaffolding in place, rooftops in progress and generally hazardous activity happening all at once - and often in a limited space, Connecticut's skilled workers place themselves in harm's way every single day they step foot on the job. 

The Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration backs up this claim: "The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries." If you are a construction worker, you already know the dangers you face each day, but OSHA outlines some of the most hazardous, including:

  • Collapse of scaffolding or trench support
  • Falls from roofs, scaffolds or ladders
  • Injuries from repetitive motion
  • Non-use of "proper personal protective equipment"

Following too Close - Most Common Contributing Factor in Connecticut Car Accidents

As safe drivers, we drive with caution. This includes leaving space between our car, and the car in front of us. Attorney McCoy calls this "the buffer," and based on his experience of reviewing thousands of accident reports, he reminds us to always leave a buffer between our car, and the car in front of us. This has been great advice! As it turns out the number one cause of car accidents in Connecticut from 2009 to 2012 was the violation of Connecticut Statute 14-240 titled "Vehicles to be driven reasonable distance apart."

Hartford County leads state in pedestrian deaths

As spring gets underway in Connecticut, more people naturally want to be outside. Instead of being relegated to walking on a treadmill in a gym, it is easier to get outside for some exercise. Similarly everyday things like crossing parking lots and walking across streets when running errands are easier without the icy, cold conditions of winter. However, one big risk remains to people on foot and that comes in the form of vehicle drivers.

Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that pedestrian deaths across the state jumped from 46 to 54 between 2015 and 2016. The 2016 deaths accounted for 18 percent of all traffic fatalities that year. That is a significant increase from the 37 deaths that represented 13 percent of all fatalities only three years earlier.

Unsafe Lane Change on 84 East Caused Accident and Serious Injuries

Unsafe lane changes can cause serious accidents resulting in serious injuries! An unsafe lane change is a Connecticut statute that states on multiple lane highways one must travel in a single lane until it is determined safe to switch lanes. Connecticut highways make this very easy for us by having designated passing lanes, and slow vehicle lanes. There is a section of the 84 east highway in Manchester that requires drivers to drive in the far right lines in order to merge on to 384 east or travel in the middle lanes to continue on 84 east. If you travel this area enough you will notice drivers suddenly realizing they are in the wrong lane, and make a spontaneous lane change to either stay on 84, or enter 384. This is as dangerous as it seems! We had a client traveling in the middle lane of 84 east from Hartford to Vernon. Traffic was normal for mid-afternoon, and the weather was not a factor. Suddenly, the driver of a delivery van for a flower company realized he needed to get over to the 384 lanes. In the process of his quick lane changes, he hit the back end of our client's car. The impact was so hard that the hood of the van flew opened! The police arrived and had to stop traffic in order to move the two vehicles. Both vehicles were heavily damaged and needed to be towed from the scene. The drivers were taken by ambulance to area hospitals. The officer concluded that the driver of the van made an unsafe lane change and is therefore at fault for the crash. The driver was issued an infraction for CGS 14-236.

What is most dangerous about working on scaffolding?

Connecticut construction workers are surrounded by work-related dangers on a near-daily basis. Though all fields of construction can be hazardous in some way, we'll be taking a look at scaffolding in particular, and the dangers that it uniquely poses to workers like you.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a list of safety concerns related to scaffolding and the work that is done using scaffolding. Their top listed hazards include:

  • Electrical wires
  • Elevated work platforms
  • Narrow frames
  • Unsecured connections
  • Tripping hazards
  • Poor construction of scaffold

Why is black ice so dangerous?

Connecticut residents like you have likely driven through snow and ice before. While winter road conditions may not be new to you, even the most seasoned of drivers can run into trouble if they hit a patch of black ice.

What is black ice, exactly? According to The Weather Channel, black ice is very thin and transparent, making it difficult to see when it's on the road. Its name comes from being able to see black asphalt through the ice, often creating the illusion that there is nothing on the road.

A Recorded Statement About Your Car Accident Can and Will be Used Against You

If you were involved in a Connecticut car accident that was not your fault, you will be contacted by the at-fault party's insurance adjuster to give a recorded statement. Beware! It is never advisable to give a recorded statement without consulting a Connecticut car accident attorney first.  Insurance adjusters know this and will use various tactics to goat an innocent party into giving a statement before they have hired a car accident lawyer.  The adjuster will say things like "If you give me a statement I will be able to get you your property check sooner." Or, "We need a statement in order to know how much money to set aside for your claim." These are just ways of pressuring individuals before they have had a chance to consult with an accident attorney. 

Car Accidents and Pregnancy Injuries

In the perfect fairy tale, all pregnant women would have a magic shield around their body to protect them.  This shield would stop people from bumping into them and would protect their body from a fall on an icy sidewalk, or the pull from a seatbelt in a car accident. 

Motor Vehicle Accidents Can Cause Vision Loss

Car accidents cause numerous bodily injuries. One injury that is often overlooked in the initial medical evaluation after a car accident is a loss of vision. Few medical professionals in healthcare facilities, including head trauma rehabilitation centers, are sufficiently aware of visual problems resulting from Traumatic Brain Injury.