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June 2016 Archives

Risks for health care workers

The health care industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in both Louisiana and the rest of the United States. In the country, more than 18 million people are employed in the field, and almost 80 percent of those workers are women. Workplace injuries are a huge concern, and employers should make certain that they implement safety measures to reduce the risk of on-the-job accidents and injuries.

The dangers of lightning and heat on the job

Louisiana workers and their employers should be vigilant about on-the-job hazards related to lightning and heat. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations on initiatives to better educate people about the dangers associated with both.

New mining safety rules proposed

Miners in Louisiana perform one of the most hazardous jobs in the country. From January 2010 to mid-December 2015, there were 122 people killed in mining accidents around the United States. Many of these fatal accidents could have been prevented if the workplaces were properly examined before workers entered them, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Preventing teenagers from suffering workplace injuries

There are many Louisiana teenagers who are looking forward to their very first jobs. However, they may not realize that all jobs have certain risks. Because most teenagers have very little experience working for an employer, they are often at risk of suffering major injuries at work.

Meat industry deaths may be underreported

Slaughterhouse workers in Louisiana are at a serious risk for fatal and nonfatal workplace injuries. In fact, this is the most dangerous sector of the manufacturing industry. An April 2016 report by the Government Accountability Office found that there were 151 work-related deaths in the meat and poultry industries between 2004 and 2013, but there may have been many more deaths that were left unreported.