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March 2015 Archives

Reducing falls on Louisiana construction sites

Workers who are putting up walls during a residential construction site in Louisiana could be putting their safety at risk. Those who are working on homes with multiple stories are at an increased risk for falling through window or floor openings. However, there are ways to decrease the likelihood of a worker falling. An easy way to reduce this risk is to put safety plans in place prior to starting a project.

Going to work is still a dangerous activity for many

Although the number of work-related injuries has decreased over the last 20 years, an average of 3 million Americans in the private sector are still injured on the job every year. Every state, including Louisiana, struggles with the immense cost of work-related injuries on the economy and on individual families and lives.

Daylight savings time results in increase of workplace injuries

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.

Worker falls to his death at paper mill

A man in Louisiana died on March 2 after he fell while working at a paper mill. The fatal workplace accident happened near Campti at the International Paper-Red River Mill. The 911 Communications Center for the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office received a call about the accident at about 11:39 a.m.

Louisiana offshore oil worker files lawsuit

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.