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December 2018 Archives

Construction deaths dropped slightly but fatalities remain high

Construction workers in Louisiana encounter many hazards on any given day, but 2017 proved to be slightly less deadly for them than 2016. According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that tallied construction worker fatalities, deadly incidents across the country dropped 2 percent in 2017 among private-sector workers. A total of 971 people lost their lives on the job in the construction industry in 2017.

Holidays increase stress, risk for injury among retail workers

OSHA is reminding employers in Louisiana and across the U.S. that they must protect their retail workers during the holiday season. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health states that although retail workers may earn extra pay by working additional hours, the consequences are lost family time and lost sleep. In 2016, 24 percent of American employees said that work compromised their ability to fulfill personal and family obligations.