Many Louisiana residents may have lost an hour of sleep during the daylight saving time change, but according to researchers, the time change could have more severe consequences. Using injury data gathered between 1983 and 2006 by the U.S. Department of Labor and Mine Safety and Health Administration, a study published in 2009 by the Journal of Applied Psychology concluded that the daylight saving time changes resulted in 68 percent more workdays lost due to injuries and a 5.7 percent increase in overall injuries.
An offshore worker who was injured while working on an offshore oil rig off the Louisiana coast has filed suit in federal court. The case is being heard in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The man states he was attempting to board a nearby supply vessel which had been moored to the oil rig in a "man basket" at the time of the incident, resulting in physical injury.
Residents of Louisiana who work in the construction industry may be interested in the laws regarding construction accidents and how to file a claim in the case of on-the-job injury. Injured workers have a choice of filing a workers' compensation claim or a personal injury claim if the injury was caused by someone else. A workers' compensation claim can be filed after any work-related injury no matter what the cause of the injury was.
In Gretna, a worker has planned to file a lawsuit after an alleged accident on the job. According to official records, the woman was involved in an accident on May 6, 2014, when she was working as an electrician assistant. The company was performing work on the Riverwalk at the time of the incident. She claims that she was instructed to climb a ladder and push wires back into a box and that she was shocked and thrown from the ladder as a result.
Louisiana workers may find the recent statistics about falls occurring on the job-site surprising. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that the majority of fall-related deaths happen in the construction industry and that the majority of non-life-threatening falls happen in health services and retail environments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics concluded that 605 employees died in a fall-related incident, and 212,760 employees were critically injured.
On Sept. 25, a man filed a claim for compensation in a Louisiana court after he says that he was injured on the job. According to the plaintiff, he suffered from acute lower back injuries while working in a lab aboard a sea vessel that was positioned in the Gulf of Mexico.
Louisiana employees who work in retail establishments are often be at risk for workplace injuries while carrying and moving objects, such as from a delivery bay to the sales floor. There are ways that these employees can protect themselves from these injuries by modifying their work practices and using tools designed to reduce strains and other injuries. These transport and lift-assist devices exist to not only ease the load on workers but also to increase productivity by requiring fewer people to transport objects.