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11 safety rules for chemical handlers in Louisiana

Ensuring the safe handling of hazardous chemicals is an essential part of the environment, health and safety field. Employees and employers alike can benefit from considering the following 11 safety rules. The first rule is for workers to perform their duties according to the training they received. Second of all, workers must be alert to any potential hazards when working.

Inexperienced miners at risk for serious workplace accidents

In Louisiana and throughout the United States, inexperienced workers could be at a significantly higher risk of serious injury or even death. As of June 8, seven coal miners have died in accidents across the United States in 2017. Most of them had less than one year of experience in their job and mine at the time, federal officials have reported.

OSHA launches young and temp worker safety campaign

As part of its efforts to keep workers in Louisiana and across the country safe, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched another safety campaign, and this time it's aimed at a specific part of the workforce: young workers. With the promotional message 'Young workers! You have rights!" the campaign aims to educate both workers and employers about special circumstances that may apply to younger, newer or temporary workers.

Labor officials working to improve safety at the workplace

Across the country, 4,836 work-related deaths occurred during 2015, which consisted of 13 fatalities each day or 93 fatalities each week, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In lieu of these facts, an attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor says she wants to improve workplace safety by ensuring the Occupational Safety and Health Act is enforced.

How to keep job sites safe

Safety should be a top priority for Louisiana companies that invite a contractor to work on their premises. To ensure that contractors are safe while on a company's property, all new site visitors should get a safety tour. This will provide information regarding the nearest fire exits, where to go in case of a fire and point out any other safety issues that may need to be addressed.

Lack of warning may put Louisiana mine workers in danger

According to a report from the Labor Department's Office of Inspector General, many worker complaints regarding mine safety issues are not being dealt with in a timely manner. One coal district that covers a large area west of the Mississippi River took 47 minutes on average to tell mine operators about imminent threats. Another five Mine Safety and Health Administration districts took an average of 40 minutes to respond to threats.

Do you know your legal options if you're injured in a car accident at work?

When most people think of workers' comp accidents, construction accidents and dangerous lifting come to mind. For the thousands of workers who spend their workday behind the wheel, however, car accidents are a daily risk.

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.

Railroads slow to install required safety technology

On Aug. 7, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a report indicating that only three railroads are on schedule to meet the deadline to install new safety technology that could prevent many crashes. All railroads operating in Louisiana and nationwide must install the technology, known as positive train control, by Dec. 31, 2015.