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2018 Was a Deadly Year For Conn. Workers; 2020 Could Be Worse

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Forty-eight workers died on the job in Connecticut in 2018, making it the deadliest year for employees in nearly a decade.

The new report released by the AFL-CIO also says more than 37,000 workers were injured or became sick as a result of their jobs that year. 2018 is the most recent year from which data is available.

AFL-CIO Union president Sal Luciano says the safety and well-being of workers are not taken seriously enough.

He cautioned that conditions have only worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. He anticipates more workers will have gotten sick or died on the job this year.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.