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October 2016 Archives

Staying safe while cutting trees

OSHA warns that inexperience with chain saws, proximity to power lines and working in poor weather conditions can make tree work in Louisiana and around the country dangerous. To stay safe, anyone working in or around a tree should first determine in which direction it is likely to fall. In the event that a tree is located near power lines, individuals are advised to assume that they are live.

Falls still the most common cause of death in construction

Louisiana construction workers are in one of the country's most dangerous occupations. In 2014, one out of every five fatal workplace accidents occurred in the construction industry. While the number of annual work-related deaths in the U.S. has declined significantly over the past few decades, the leading cause of construction deaths has remained the same for a long time.

Top 5 mistakes in workers' compensation claims

The workers' compensation system was supposed to make it easy for workers to get the medical treatment and financial support they need after being injured on the job. However, the claims process is complicated and mistakes are very common, including these top five:

Workers' compensation trends

According to the National Academy of Social Insurance, workers' compensation benefits fell to 91 cents per $100 of companies' payrolls in 2014 from 97 cents per $100 in 2013. Furthermore, there was a drop in benefits as a percentage of payroll in 46 states between 2010 and 2014. However, as benefits paid out continues to decline, the costs to employers are continuing to increase.

Hazards of combustible dust

Louisiana workers in manufacturing facilities and certain other types of work spaces might not realize that dust can pose a risk of explosion. On Feb. 27, 2016, a man was killed and five other people were hospitalized after a dust explosion at a feed mill in Georgia. When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated, it found a number of violations, and the agency has put out a fact sheet dealing with this hazard.