On Nov. 20, one worker died and three others were injured in a gas and oil platform explosion off the coast of Louisiana. A spokesperson for Fieldwood Energy, a company based in Houston, said that the explosion is an isolated incident that has been fully contained. No damage was done to the facility or environment, the spokesperson noted.
Workers in Louisiana can take steps to prevent the most common on-the-job accidents. These have been identified as overexertion, falling on the same level, falling from one level to another, being struck by an object and bodily exertion such as injuries from bending or tripping without falling.
A three-vehicle accident at a work site in Louisiana left the driver of an attenuator vehicle dead on Nov. 3. The deadly incident took place on the Causeway Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain at about 3:40 p.m. When the driver of a garbage truck struck the attenuator vehicle near mile marker 20, the attenuator vehicle and driver fell into the lake.
In Louisiana and other areas of the country, workplace injuries are not limited to factories and physically strenuous jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest injury rates in 2011 included health care, retail, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, and construction. Musculoskeletal disorders accounted for nearly a third of the injuries sustained in the workplace. These injuries impact the muscles, tendons and nerves of the affected area.