Construction workers in Louisiana often use scaffolds, and they depend on these temporary platforms to hold their weight. When scaffolds collapse or people fall, serious injuries and even deaths result. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has many regulations in place to promote scaffold safety, but inspectors continually find improper scaffolding practices at job sites. This category of safety violation represents the third most common source of citations against employers.
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.
Nail guns are responsible for 37,000 emergency room visits per year in Louisiana and throughout the country. Of those visits, 68 percent are made by workers who are hurt using the tools on the job. In some cases, workers are hurt because a nail was discharged when a person didn't intend for that to happen. In others, they were hurt because a nail hit a solid surface and ricocheted.
Louisiana construction workers may be interested to learn that "struck-by" deaths are one of the leading causes of construction work fatalities. From 2011 to 2015, more than 800 construction workers were killed as a result of these accidents.
Bulldozers are powerful machines that can cause severe injuries and even death if not properly handled. Therefore, Louisiana residents who work with this type of potentially dangerous equipment may benefit from learning some useful precautions to avoid accidents.
Workers on Louisiana construction sites may find of interest the construction safety report by the Associated General Contractors of America that was released on April 4. The comprehensive study outlines construction-related accidents and fatalities and may help construction industry owners and supervisors improve workplace safety.
According to research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the industry that has the most traumatic brain injuries in workplaces around the country is construction. Statistics also show that there were 2210 occupational TBI fatalities from 2003 to 2010.
Most Louisiana construction workers who are injured on the job are entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits. In broad terms, workers' compensation is a form of insurance coverage that most employers are required to carry. Benefits can help to ease some of the financial burdens associated with a workplace injury.