Each year, more than 2,000 workers throughout the country are sent to the hospital because of arc flash explosions. Of those, roughly 400 will die from their burns or because of a resulting infection. In many cases, the accidents that lead to these injuries are caused by improperly working in an energized area. Workers may reduce the risk of these incidents by wearing protective equipment.
Louisiana warehouse workers who need to reach items on high shelves need to be provided with the proper equipment and training to be lifted to those shelves safely. A warehouse worker was fatally injured when he fell 7 feet to a concrete floor after standing on a pallet that had been lifted by a forklift to a top shelf. This was common practice in his workplace, and the workers did not have another way to safely access high shelves.
Louisiana employees who spend a significant amount of time in front of their computers while at work may suffer from computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eyestrain. The syndrome encompasses a variety of vision-related problems that can occur from prolonged digital device use.
Trench accidents on Louisiana construction sites can result in catastrophic injuries or deaths to workers who are involved in them. Because of the dangers that are posed by working in trenches, there are safety regulations that employers are mandated to follow. Because a cubic foot of dirt can weigh more than a ton, it is easy to understand how workers can be crushed when trenches collapse.
People who do not work in the medical field might not expect some of the hazards nurses are exposed to while on the job. Nurses in Louisiana hospitals sometimes experience back strains from lifting patients and other similar work-related injuries, but the biggest danger workers in this field face is violence, primarily from patients.
Louisiana residents may be shocked to learn that a Department of Energy facility that manufactures plutonium cores for use in nuclear weapons has been accused of reckless and potentially catastrophic safety violations. The Center for Public Integrity studied a raft of documents including several internal reports and came to the conclusion that the concerns of federal prosecutors have been ignored and both workers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and members of the public have been placed in danger.
Louisiana workers in the oil and gas sector may benefit from learning about a hazard alert that has been issued. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Service Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety Network and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health united to issue the hazard alert to help prevent deaths caused by the ignition of vapors emitted by vehicles and motorized machinery in that industry.
Each year, over 7,300 construction workers in the United States are impacted by a condition called silicosis. Those who work in Louisiana or elsewhere in the country may be interested to know that there is little awareness of the condition among the general public. Workers develop symptoms by inhaling silica dust, and inhaling the dust may also lead to other respiratory issues such as bronchitis.
Although unions attempt to ensure that workplaces are safe, Louisiana employees may be interested to learn that, in 2015, it was estimated that 150 workers across the nation died every single day. The fatalities were caused by both work-related injuries and illnesses.
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.