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Workers' Compensation Archives

Wearable technologies can assist injury rehabilitation

The management of workplace injuries is changing due to smart technologies and wearable options. These technologies are being used to improve the quality of care and rehabilitation for Louisiana workers who are injured on the job.

Workplace safety

Employee safety should be a main priority for Louisiana companies as people are the cornerstone of their business. However, survey results from the National Safety Council indicate that many people believe that employee safety is not as important as it should be.

Teens face rising injury rate on the job

When it comes to work-related injuries, teens who hold summer jobs may be especially at risk. In 2015, slightly more than 400 people under the age of 24 suffered fatal injuries while on the job, according to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration report. Although these findings are not specific to the state of Louisiana, research supports at least one child labor specialist's belief that teens and young adults are more likely than older employees to be injured at work.

Causes of occupational skin diseases

Louisiana residents may be interested to know that skin disorders are among the most prevalent occupational disease that military members are treated for. hat conclusion was based on reviewing nearly 500,000 injury and illness cases involving acting Navy and Marine Corps members. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, skin diseases are the second most common form of workplace illness in America.

Workplace safety signs can prevent accidents and save lives

While most Louisiana residents pay little attention to the safety signs posted about their workplaces, research shows that notices warning workers of hazardous conditions or dangerous machinery can play a crucial role in preventing job-related accidents and injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets the standards for workplace safety signs, and in 2013 the federal safety agency began recommending signs that meet the American National Standards Institute's Z535 guidelines.

Noise exposure rules from OSHA and NIOSH

Regulatory groups such as OSHA have set legal limits as to how much noise a worker in Louisiana or elsewhere in the country may be exposed to. The exposure limit per OSHA regulations is 90 decibels per eight hours worked. This is considered to be a 100 percent noise dose. However, workers may be exposed to greater volumes depending on how long that they are exposed to them.

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.

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.