Darkness adds to the dangers for workers in already hazardous environments like gas tanks, pits and underground areas. Adding light to dark and difficult-to-navigate areas grants workers in Louisiana a greater ability to see hazards and avoid accidents. Updated regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration require employers to identify and address hazards in confined spaces ahead of time. They must also equip their workers with safety gear and train them how to use it.
Advances in lighting technology have given employers many products for promoting a safer workplace. High-lumen technology, especially based on LED lights, gives workers lighting equipment that is versatile, long lasting and often lightweight. Floodlights with output in the range of 500-1,100 lumens can be used to flood a whole work area with light or even be directed down into a manhole or large tank. Smaller lights with high output also allow workers to get lighting into small and awkward spaces.
Expanded options for headlamps and flashlights now give workers small devices with large light output. Models for specific industries that expose people to flammable gases have also been developed. Flashlights with sealed battery compartments and anti-static coatings reduce the chance of a spark igniting leaking vapors.
Although improvements in lighting help workers increase their safety, a worker might still suffer an injury. When a workplace accident occurs, the injured victim might be eligible to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. Collecting these benefits, however, takes away the person's legal option of suing a negligent employer. Discussing the accident with an attorney might allow a person to make an informed decision about how to proceed.