Connecticut's workers' compensation law provides for payment to workers who are injured during the course of employment. An injury also may come from the result of a risk involved or incident to employment or the conditions under which the work has to be performed. Injuries may be compensated when it occurs during the period of employment, at a place where the worker may be during work and when the employee is fulfilling work duties or incidental work.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a preliminary report in September finding that Connecticut had 26 workplace deaths in 2013. This was a decrease from the 36 reported in 2012. The United States suffered 4,405 fatal workplace injuries for 2013. These statistics demonstrate that Connecticut workers' compensation is essential.
The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear an appeal that may set precedent on awarding and apportioning benefits to injured workers in the state. A former United Parcel Service (UPS) worker argued that he should receive full workers' compensation benefits for carpal tunnel syndrome even though it may have been a pre-existing condition unrelated to work.
Workers employed through staffing agencies supplied to a host employer and paid by the agency have the right to a safe workplace regardless of the job's permanence. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Safety and Health have noted the numerous deaths that may have been prevented among these temporary workers and recommend best practices for staffing agencies and host employers which will protect Connecticut workers.