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September 2015 Archives

Long shifts may increase dangers for EMS workers

Louisiana paramedics may be familiar with the results of a recent study concerning the dangers of emergency medical services employees who take on lengthy shifts. The results of the study found that these employees face greater chances for suffering an injury or illness when they work long shifts. In fact, when compared with EMS employees who work 12 hours or less, the risk jumps to 60 percent for employees taking on longer shifts.

Fall arrest systems necessary in some workplaces

Businesses in Louisiana may neglect adequate fall protection measures even though OSHA requires them for work at elevations higher than four feet. Workers may find themselves in environments where fall protection is not prioritized, and this increases the risk of injury.

Advanced lighting technology supports worker safety

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.

Workplace safety for Louisiana welders

Workers in Louisiana who perform hazardous tasks like welding expect their employers to take all reasonable steps to ensure their safety. Accidents and injuries may be prevented when employers see to it that welders perform their duties in an environment free of loose or combustible objects and provide them with proper safety training and access to first aid supplies.

Fogged eyewear could put Louisiana workers in jeopardy

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 2,000 eye injuries suffered each day by workers. That translates to just over one injury per minute, and they account for roughly one-quarter of all head injuries. Of those who suffer an injury to the eye, 10 to 20 percent will suffer either temporary or permanent vision impairment.