The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers to keep accurate records of workplace accidents, injuries and illnesses, but there are certain exceptions. For example, illnesses or injuries that are self-inflicted or caused by workers in Louisiana and elsewhere self-medicating for conditions unrelated to their work do not have to be recorded. A California construction company asked OSHA if drug use or alcohol consumption qualified as self-medication after a worker who was injured in an accident was discovered to have been drinking, and the federal safety agency clarified its position in a March 21 interpretation letter.
Louisiana electrical workers perform one of the nation's most dangerous jobs. While they may be exposed to the greatest number of electrical hazards, workers in other occupations are also at risk for electricity-related injuries. When safety measures are not taken, sources of electricity have the potential to startl fires that can cause property damage as well as serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
Louisiana construction workers know quite well that they are in a hazardous occupation. One of the biggest dangers to construction workers is traumatic brain injury. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, construction workers suffer more TBIs than workers in any other industry in the United States.
Studies show that each year, nearly 5,000 workers die on the job. As work places work aggressively to cut down on these numbers and provide safer work environments, it is still important that you know which jobs pose the greatest risk of injury.
The potential dangers for tower climbers in Louisiana can't be overstated. These workers, many of whom are employed by subcontractors, may not have adequate training or appropriate safety equipment on which they can rely.