Robots are used to make a wide variety of tasks around the home and on the job easier to complete. However, when the robots fail and injure or kill someone, Louisiana residents should know that this can result in the filing of product liability claims.
As part of its efforts to keep workers in Louisiana and across the country safe, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched another safety campaign, and this time it's aimed at a specific part of the workforce: young workers. With the promotional message 'Young workers! You have rights!" the campaign aims to educate both workers and employers about special circumstances that may apply to younger, newer or temporary workers.
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.
Safety should be a top priority for Louisiana companies that invite a contractor to work on their premises. To ensure that contractors are safe while on a company's property, all new site visitors should get a safety tour. This will provide information regarding the nearest fire exits, where to go in case of a fire and point out any other safety issues that may need to be addressed.
According to a report from the Labor Department's Office of Inspector General, many worker complaints regarding mine safety issues are not being dealt with in a timely manner. One coal district that covers a large area west of the Mississippi River took 47 minutes on average to tell mine operators about imminent threats. Another five Mine Safety and Health Administration districts took an average of 40 minutes to respond to threats.
When most people think of workers' comp accidents, construction accidents and dangerous lifting come to mind. For the thousands of workers who spend their workday behind the wheel, however, car accidents are a daily risk.
Darkness adds to the dangers for workers in already hazardous environments like gas tanks, pits and underground areas. Adding light to dark and difficult-to-navigate areas grants workers in Louisiana a greater ability to see hazards and avoid accidents. Updated regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration require employers to identify and address hazards in confined spaces ahead of time. They must also equip their workers with safety gear and train them how to use it.
On Aug. 7, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a report indicating that only three railroads are on schedule to meet the deadline to install new safety technology that could prevent many crashes. All railroads operating in Louisiana and nationwide must install the technology, known as positive train control, by Dec. 31, 2015.
Louisiana workers and their employers may be interested in new regulations about workers who labor in confined areas during construction projects. The new rules, issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, are similar to confined space requirements initiated in 1993, but these new requirements specifically target construction sites. They include work done in spaces such as bins, boilers, silos, vessels, sewers, HVAC ducts and many other types of confined areas.
Louisiana workers may have heard about a scaffolding accident that recently took place in North Carolina and which left three workers dead and a fourth badly injured. The accident took place when a scaffold on a construction site collapsed and fell. The incident serves as an example of numerous current trends in the construction industry.