Although unions attempt to ensure that workplaces are safe, Louisiana employees may be interested to learn that, in 2015, it was estimated that 150 workers across the nation died every single day. The fatalities were caused by both work-related injuries and illnesses.
The report, which was released by the AFL-CIO, said that more than 4,800 workers died from injuries that they incurred while on the job and which could have been prevented. Another 50,000 to 60,000 workers died as a result of illnesses that were associated with occupational diseases. Immigrant workers were particularly at risk. The organization claimed that the fatalities were caused by negligence on behalf of the corporations and inadequate safety laws.
The union noted that the Obama administration had a strong track record when it came to worker safety and health. In fact, the administration worked diligently to improve worker protections, including anti-retaliation protections. The organization did express criticism of the Trump administration due to the fact that it has been attempting to loosen safety regulations. This effectively threatens the gains in safety that unions and the Obama administration made.
When it comes to workplace fatalities, Louisiana has one of the highest rates in the country. Victims of workplace injuries may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits that cover medical expenses and in some cases provide partial wage replacement during the recovery period. An experienced attorney can often provide assistance with the preparation and filing of the claim and in an appeals hearing should the claim be denied.