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May 2015 Archives

OSHA installs new construction confined area rules

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.

Proposed change to Louisiana workers' compensation law criticized

A proposed change to the Louisiana workers' compensation program in 2014 came under fire from several New Orleans Saints players. The players said that a law proposed by two Louisiana representatives would have hurt professional athletes while providing no benefit to the state's taxpayers.

Proposed bill would limit Saints' players workers compensation

Louisiana football fans may have heard about legislation that was proposed in 2014 that would have affected the method of calculating workers' compensation benefits for New Orleans Saints players who were injured. The Republican bill, which was not passed, aimed to change the manner in which Saints' players income losses were calculated if the injury occurred during training camp.

Workers unaccustomed to heat most at risk for heat stress

Hot humid summers are the norm in Louisiana, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration advises employers to protect workers from heat stroke and other heat stress illnesses. OSHA data collected from enforcement cases between 2012 and 2013 revealed that workers who had not become acclimatized to hot working conditions faced the greatest risk of heat illnesses.