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How many fatal occupational injuries occur in Louisiana per year?

Fatal occupational injuries happen everywhere, and no matter where they occur, these injuries are devastating to the individual, obviously, and his or her family. They also affect companies, communities and many other aspects of society. If only we could completely eliminate fatal injuries from occurring in the workplace -- but of course that pipe dream will never come true. Some jobs are just inherently dangerous, and when a mistake is made or a negligent condition caused an accident, the incident needs to be reviewed to try to prevent future accidents from happening.

But here's the question: how many fatal occupational injuries happen in the state of Louisiana? If this a daily occurrence, or is it more uncommon than it may seem?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state of Louisiana experienced 116 fatal occupational injuries in 2012. That is the last year of available data for the state. The two industry sectors that experienced fatal occupational injuries most were, not surprisingly, construction and transportation/warehousing. "Falls, slips and trips" accounted for 13 of the 116 incidents, while "exposure to harmful substances" and "contact with objects and equipment" had fairly similar rates (16 and 14, respectively).

With each passing year, the number of fatal occupational injuries in the state of Louisiana will be a little different. For example, in 2011 there were 111 fatal occupational injuries in Louisiana. This seems to be the expected range for fatal occupational injuries in the state of Louisiana: more than 100 such incidents per year, but not going too far beyond it.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Fatal Occupational Injuries in Louisiana," Accessed Aug. 4, 2014

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