According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hearing loss is a prevalent health condition suffered by older people in Louisiana and around the country. Statistics have revealed that 24 percent of employed people who have suffered hearing losses did so as a result of workplace noise exposures. All together, 11 percent of the workforce has suffered hearing losses.
Louisiana workers may have heard about a scaffolding accident that recently took place in North Carolina and which left three workers dead and a fourth badly injured. The accident took place when a scaffold on a construction site collapsed and fell. The incident serves as an example of numerous current trends in the construction industry.
On April 3, a Louisiana lawmaker filed a bill that would combat overutilization of opioids by implementing a closed drug formulary. Essentially, closed formularies would require proof that non-formulary medications are absolutely needed before they can be prescribed to injured workers.
As Louisiana workers may know, an employer has the responsibility to provide a safe workplace for employees. To meet these requirements, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides standards that help employers meet their obligations. In addition, depending on the number of people a firm employs, the employer might be required to have workers' compensation insurance.