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January 2017 Archives

Preventing arc flash events in the workplace

The potential for arc flash events is one of the biggest safety hazards that electrical workers in Louisiana face. An arc flash event happens when electrical equipment produces high-energy temperatures and pressure. Temperatures up to 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit can be reached during an arc flash event, and the result is often an explosion.

Caution necessary when filing for workers' compensation

If you are a Louisiana employee who has been injured at your workplace, you should carefully follow the application procedure for workers' compensation benefits. Observing the rules could improve the chance of an insurance company approving your claim, but you will also need to exercise caution when interacting with a claims adjuster, co-workers, a nurse case manager and your employer.

Common injuries for construction workers

Louisiana construction workers are at greater risk for musculoskeletal injuries than those who are employed in other industries according to a study published in "Occupational and Environmental Medicine." Construction workers sustain these injuries through overexertion, twisting, bending and awkward postures. They may also be exposed to excessive vibrations. These conditions result in injuries to their tendons, muscles, nerves and joints. In 2014, construction workers in private industry lost a total of $46 million in wages as a result of being out of work due to injury.

Workplace safety policies for hazardous energy control

Louisiana employees who work around hazardous energy face serious risks on the job. If hazardous energy is not properly controlled while machinery is being used, repaired and maintained, a worker could be injured or even killed. To prevent hazardous energy accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has written safety standards for the general industry called "Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)".

OSHA proposes rule revision for work-related hearing loss

Louisiana employer representatives may not be happy with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's proposal to revise a rule associated with determining whether or not an employee's hearing loss can be considered job-related. The proposed change would require employers to record hearing loss even if work was not a substantial contributor.

OSHA rule seeks to protect equipment maintenance workers

A proposed rule by OSHA intended to protect employees is drawing criticism from business owners and equipment manufacturers who state that the revised rule does not improve safety and that it places an unfair economic burden on manufacturers and business owners. However, OSHA's intent is to increase workplace safety in Louisiana and the rest of the country.

Preventing injuries when a worker falls wearing a harness

Many Louisiana workers know that arrest protection to safeguard against dangerous falls is often important to ensure safety. However, they may not realize that being suspended in a full body harness may present its own serious risks to the worker's health. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration points out that sustained immobility caused by suspension in a body harness may result in a condition called suspension trauma.

Why timely filing is critical for workers' compensation claims

When you're recovering from an injury at your job, typically you focus mostly on your recovery. Issues like paperwork can be overwhelming and frustrating when you're trying to heal. As a result, many injured workers put off filing necessary paperwork for workers' compensation coverage. Those who delay too long may find their claims contested or even denied, with little recourse available to them.

Keeping safe while cutting trees near electricity

Electrocution is a major cause of death among tree workers in Louisiana and throughout the country. In many cases, simple safety precautions may have saved some of these lives. For instance, whenever tree trimmers will be working around live, high voltage overhead conductors, it is a good idea if their employers request the power company to de-energize their power lines. Otherwise, tree trimmers should wear personal protective equipment and clothing, such as rubber insulated gloves, hoods and sleeves, to keep them safe from electrical hazards and always stay at least 10 feet away from power lines.