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Officer injured in dog attack in park

Sources say that a New Haven police officer received treatment at Yale-New Haven Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries related to a pit bull attack. The animal attack in question occurred at East Rock Park in the College Woods area.

According to police, the incident began when a witness reported that the dog had gotten loose in the park. Upon arriving at the scene, the dog's owner reportedly made contact with police and explained that his dog was acting in a violent manner. An officer attempted to subdue the dog but was bitten in the leg and forced to shoot it twice. The dog was killed and has since been taken to a clinic to receive rabies testing. The owner has not been charged at this time.

Company fined for 17 OSHA violations at Connecticut plant

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined an aircraft equipment manufacturer in Connecticut $85,000 by for safety violations. The fine comes after an inspection of the company's plant in Windsor in February.

Seventeen safety violations were cited in the report. The company was given 15 days to comply with OSHA's order, begin negotiations with OSHA's area director or contest the citations before an OSHA review panel.

4 hurt, 25 stuck when roller coaster derails

Connecticut residents may have heard about a roller coaster accident in Valencia, California, in which four individuals suffered minor injuries. According to reports, the accident occurred on July 7 at Six Flags Magic Mountain when the Ninja roller coaster carrying 25 people hit a tree branch that was lying across the track, leaving one of the train's cars dangling from the tracks approximately 20 feet from the ground.

Emergency rescue personnel who responded to the accident worked for about three hours in freeing all of the stranded individuals who were in the coaster cars. It was not reported if the injured riders were transported to a hospital for treatment. A representative for the park stated that all of those who were stuck in roller coaster cars appeared alert and were cooperative with park employees throughout the rescue effort.

Contract worker dies in GM plant explosion

Connecticut workers may know that a contract worker at an Indiana GM plant was killed, and eight other employees were injured in a chemical explosion on July 1. Marion Metal Center supplies sheet assemblies, stampings and blanks to GM assembly plants in North America and has roughly 1,600 employees.

The accident happened at the facility at around 1:50 p.m. when the chemical explosion occurred. The worker who died was an employee of Quaker Chemical Corporation based in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Four workers were transported to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Four other workers, initially thought to be injured, did not require treatment. A GM representative said that employee evacuation was immediate and appropriate community rescue and fire crews responded. Some work shifts were canceled, but they are expected to resume on July 2.

Some Connecticut jobs more risky than others

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 4,500 fatal workplace accidents in the U.S. every year. Although every occupation carries some level of risk, certain occupations are more inherently dangerous than others. The top five, on a national basis, are truck drivers and driver sales workers, farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers, construction laborers, aircraft pilots and flight engineers, and fishermen and related workers.

At first glance, the more dangerous jobs seem to pay more, rewarding the worker for the additional risks involved. However, a deeper look reveals that the rewards may not outweigh the risks. For example, the median pay for truck drivers and driver sales workers is between $27,530 and $40,940, which is less than the median household income. Couple that with the fact that there were more than 741 fatal work injuries in this category during the most recently reported year, and the reward-to-risk ratio becomes questionable.

Injured minor league baseball player seeks to win case by default

A former player with a Connecticut minor league team sued a former major league player after the former Red Sox player allegedly attacked the Bridgeport Bluefish player with a baseball bat in 2007, and the Bluefish stated that the defendant has willfully failed to show up for depositions. According to the defendant's attorney, he intends to defend his case but lives in the Dominican Republic, which makes scheduling difficult. He was also linked to another incident where he was accused of throwing a punch at an umpire in 2010.

The complaint alleges that the defendant was playing for the Long Island Ducks in a minor league game in August 2007 when he was struck by a pitch. He then allegedly charged the mound, causing injury to both the plaintiff and the pitcher. The plaintiff stated that he suffered a serious head injury that resulted in an early retirement. As a result, he is seeking approximately $4.8 million from the defendant and from the minor league team for which the defendant was playing.

Tips to prevent dog bites

Connecticut residents may be interested in learning about several tips to avoid a dog bite from occurring. This information may be helpful to parents since dog bites could potentially lead to serious or permanent injuries to small children.

Teaching a child to avoid approaching unknown dogs or asking an owner's permission prior to petting a dog may help prevent a dog attack. However, when it appears that a dog has become aggressive, assuming a defensive stance with hands kept low and in front may also help lower the odds of an attack. Making sudden movements or yelling may escalate a situation, so it is important to remain calm.

Inappropriate animal adoption practices results in investigation

A Connecticut woman has been fired from her position as the manager of Stamford's animal control facility. According to the city's mayor, an investigation has demonstrated that the woman has knowingly placed aggressive dogs in private homes through adoption. In some cases, animals have been returned to shelters after dog bite incidents and were placed in another adoptive family's home. At least two of those cases have allegedly involved injuries and bites after the subsequent adoptions.

Officials indicate that in addition to knowingly placing aggressive animals in contact with the public, the manager withheld historical information about animals and falsified records with the city in order to hide the details. Additionally, the woman is accused of lacking a valid license while practicing veterinary medicine, and authorities are continuing an additional investigation related to operations at the shelter. The mayor claims that volunteers were dispatched to private residences inappropriately and that they were permitted to handle responsibilities that should only be performed by animal control officers.

Carpet company faces fines for employee's death

On March 11, a fatal workplace accident occurred at a carpet company in Colorado. Upon a medical examination of the deceased victim, the cause of death was determined to be carbon monoxide inhalation.

A fellow employee indicated that the victim had been operating a forklift with the overhead door shut, which was a common practice at their workplace. Not too long after this observation, he himself began to feel ill and contemplated going to the hospital. Later that day, a truck driver stopped by the workplace and found the victim dead inside a bathroom. Emergency personnel were called, and they quickly took the body, as they found that carbon monoxide levels were high.

Avoiding workplace injuries with ergonomics

Residents in Connecticut may benefit from understanding more about how to improve ergonomics in their workplace. Optimizing work conditions and catering to occupational demands and employees' capabilities is the fundamental concept that defines ergonomics. According to a recent report, these techniques might increase employees' productivity.

Injuries at the workplace are one of the most common causes for employees taking time off, which can make employers and employees lose money. Employing workplace ergonomics techniques might also be able to help avoid the workplace injuries that might cost billions of dollars annually. Simple tasks like stretching the legs with a brief walk every half hour can be effective in preventing future injuries. In addition, stretching the back, wrists, arms and neck throughout the day may also be helpful.

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