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April 2017 Archives

Confined spaces are a common workplace hazard

Confined spaces like silos, septic tanks, vats and utility vaults can be found in many workplaces in Louisiana and around the country. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a confined space is an area that is not designed for continuous use but is large enough for a worker to enter. Confined spaces are considered particularly dangerous because they offer limited means of escape in an emergency.

AGC's construction industry accident findings

Workers on Louisiana construction sites may find of interest the construction safety report by the Associated General Contractors of America that was released on April 4. The comprehensive study outlines construction-related accidents and fatalities and may help construction industry owners and supervisors improve workplace safety.

Louisiana construction workplaces and TBIs

According to research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the industry that has the most traumatic brain injuries in workplaces around the country is construction. Statistics also show that there were 2210 occupational TBI fatalities from 2003 to 2010.

Suffering work-related asthma

Louisiana employees may be interested to learn that an estimated 11 million workers, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, are exposed to airborne agents that are associated with occupational asthma. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even concluded that an estimated 2.7 million workers across the nation were suffering from asthma that may have been caused or aggravated by conditions in the workplace.

Trump administration delays silica rule

On April 6, the Trump administration announced it will delay the implementation of a workplace regulation designed to protect workers in Louisiana and nationwide from cancer-causing dust. The regulation would save an estimated 600 lives per year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Ladder safety tips for Louisiana workers

Stepladders may seem like an innocuous tool, but they can cause significant injuries if people aren't careful when using them. To ensure that people aren't putting themselves at risk when using ladders, the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety has created a list of safety tips.

How to handle your injury and workers' compensation claim

If you recently suffered an injury at work, you're probably in the process of filing a claim for workers' compensation. It can be a complicated and drawn out process. However, you shouldn't give up or get frustrated. It may very well be in your best interests to speak with an experienced Louisiana workers' compensation attorney.

Workplace hazards claim lives at grain processing facilities

A great deal of effort goes into putting bread on the tables of Louisiana families, and the workers in grain silos face deadly risks on the job. An annual Purdue University survey noted an increase in deaths in 2016 among workers in grain silos. According to the survey, 29 entrapment incidents, which involve a worker being caught or buried in grain, happened in 2016, and 18 people died. This represented an increase from 2015 when entrapment caused 14 fatalities.

Tips for companies looking to update safety rules

Employers in Louisiana who are attempting to implement new safety programs may benefit from focusing on good communication with their employees. Doing so may help achieve a higher level of buy-in, which may make the programs more effective. Ultimately, employees will understand that changes are being made not to take away their skills but to make their jobs safer.

Staying safe during dangerous weather

Louisiana employers need to make sure that their facilities are ready to handle rain, floods or other types of inclement weather. One way to do this is to shut off and purge all nonessential or combustible gas delivery systems. This may prevent a leak or other damage from occurring if a severe thunderstorm or tropical storm takes place close to a warehouse or office building.

Labor officials working to improve safety at the workplace

Across the country, 4,836 work-related deaths occurred during 2015, which consisted of 13 fatalities each day or 93 fatalities each week, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In lieu of these facts, an attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor says she wants to improve workplace safety by ensuring the Occupational Safety and Health Act is enforced.