Since Jan. 1, 2015, employers in Louisiana and around the country have been obligated to comply with new severe injury reporting requirements issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The reporting requirements state that employers must inform OSHA about any hospitalizations, amputations or losses of eyes within 24 hours of a work-related accident.
A new Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment rule proposed by OSHA could play a role in reducing slip and fall accidents in the general industry. The rule was first proposed in 1990 and revised in both 2003 and 2010. It may go into the Federal Register at some point in 2016. However, if it doesn't, the proposed rule does offer suggestions that employers may want to implement anyway.
Louisiana maritime workers may be interested to learn that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking comments on its shipyard fall protection rules. The agency is interested in feedback concerning safe access to and egress from vessels and other shipyard structures, the use of fall protection and the use of scaffolding systems. Comments on increasing consistency in shipyard employment, industry best practices and identifying technological advances are also welcome. Comments must be submitted by Dec. 7.
You've worked in an office for years, typing away at your computer for hours at a time. You start to feel aches in your wrists, that turn into numbness and tingling. Pretty soon, you feel pain in your wrists and go to the doctor. You learn you have carpal tunnel syndrome. Work is making the pain worse. But because the symptoms were gradual, you can't pinpoint the exact day it started. You may be surprised to learn that even if the condition started before you began work, carpal tunnel that is aggravated by working conditions is covered under state workers' comp law.
Louisiana employees who work in noisy conditions may be interested to learn that workplace hearing loss is one of the most common work-related injuries. Approximately 22 million U.S. workers every year are exposed to levels of occupational noise that could be considered hazardous.
Louisiana employees are entitled to a safe work environment. However, employers may not be aware that changes in the work environment are necessary until disaster strikes. A major work accident, sometimes involving death, amputation or other serious injuries, may trigger change.