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.
Robots are used to make a wide variety of tasks around the home and on the job easier to complete. However, when the robots fail and injure or kill someone, Louisiana residents should know that this can result in the filing of product liability claims.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Workers' compensation is an insurance program that provides weekly financial benefits and medical care to workers who have been injured in an accident or made ill on the job.
Workers' compensation in Louisiana does two main things for injured workers: It provides weekly checks for as long as the person cannot work and it provides medical care until the person is cured. However, getting the workers' compensation you deserve is not always easy, and mistakes during the claims process are very common.
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.
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.