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March 2017 Archives

Summaries of workplace injuries and illnesses must be posted

Most employers in Louisiana and across the United States are mandated to post the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's "Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses" each year. Recently, the agency reminded companies to post their summaries for 2016.

Better workplace safety training can reduce ladder accidents

Louisiana residents who frequently use ladders at the worksite face the danger of falling while they climb or descend. In fact, every two days within the US, workplace ladder falls result in 180 nonfatal injuries and one fatality. According to a study by the American Ladder Institute in 2016, missing the last step and overreaching are two main causes of ladder accidents.

Skin diseases in the workplace

Workers in certain Louisiana occupations should be aware that occupational skin disease is the second-most prevalent type of occupational disease a worker can develop. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, over 13 million workers in the United States who work in the construction, agriculture, cosmetology, auto repair and health care industries may be exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin.

Adding worker safety to a company's sustainability program

Louisiana workers should be aware that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strongly argued that worker safety should be included in employers' "sustainability" calculations. A white paper released by the agency in December 2016 stated that employers were only considered to be sustainable if they could ensure the safety and health of all of their workers.

The pitfalls of shift work

Louisiana residents who earn a living as shift workers may face many potential health hazards. This was the finding of a comprehensive review recently published in "The BMJ." Researchers found that those who started work before 6 a.m. may experience a lower quality of sleep.

Fighting for the rights of workers

Losing a loved one in a workplace accident can have a profound effect on family members. Besides the emotional loss they experience, they may also face an uncertain future, financially speaking. If this has happened to you, our firm will strive to do everything possible to help you recover the maximum amount of benefits possible under the workers' compensation laws in Louisiana.

Risks of low-level manganese exposure

Welders in Louisiana should know that exposure to low levels of manganese can result in neurological problems that are similar to Parkinson's disease. This conclusion resulted from a study conducted by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine.

Seeking benefits for repetitive motion injuries

For many Louisiana workers, the risk of suffering from repetitive motion injuries is high, regardless of what industries they are in. Repetitive motion injuries occur when a worker is required to put stress or strain on the same group of muscles, bones and tendons over and over again, eventually causing a temporary or permanent injury.

The cost of nonfatal workplace injuries to employers

Louisiana employers might be interested to learn that businesses shelled out approximately $60 billion in workers' compensation benefits for nonfatal workplace injuries in 2016. Employers may be able to reduce the amount of workers' compensation that they pay by identifying critical risk areas.

Deaths in U.S. mines hit new low in 2016

Louisiana readers may be interested to learn that work-related mining deaths hit a record low in 2016, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration. There are around 330,000 miners currently working in America's 13,000 mines.

OSHA updates regulations for cancer-causing beryllium

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated its standards for worker exposure to beryllium, a metal known to cause disease. The exposure limits established more than four decades ago have not proven sufficient to protect workers, said the director of OSHA. The new rules allow employers in Louisiana and around the country one year to adjust to most of the requirements and grant two years to add changing rooms and showers that will be needed by employees in some work settings. A three-year grace period has been created to give employers time to update engineering controls.

Riskiest occupations for males in America

In 2015, there were nearly 4,900 fatal workplace injuries around the country, excluding those killed in the armed forces. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of civilian deaths were slightly higher when compared to 2014. Louisiana residents may be interested to know that logging was the most dangerous industry for men in 2015 with 132 deaths per 100,000 workers. This was more than double the death rate of the second-most dangerous industry.

Mariners can sue their employers under the Jones Act

People in Louisiana who work for the Merchant Marine do not have the same type of legal protections that other workers do. Because terrestrial law does not apply to people who work at sea, mariners cannot file workers' compensation claims. However, mariners can sue their employers after a workplace accident if the employer is at least partially responsible for the accident.

Workers' compensation for injured construction workers

Most Louisiana construction workers who are injured on the job are entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits. In broad terms, workers' compensation is a form of insurance coverage that most employers are required to carry. Benefits can help to ease some of the financial burdens associated with a workplace injury.