Certain accidents that occur while engaged in work-related activities can be serious. Catastrophic injury or death can be the result in the worst-case scenarios. Fortunately, however, the vast majority of claims filed under Louisiana workers' compensation laws involve less severe accidents or no accident at all. Isolated incidents or recurring, repetitive movement can lead to workers' injuries as well.
In July 2018, the Guardian launched an investigation into claims of adverse conditions at Amazon warehouses. There have been multiple claims from former employees that they were treated improperly by management after getting hurt on the job. Many of these workers, some of whom could be in Louisiana, may be left without injury benefits.
"Hot work" is a term that many factory owners in Louisiana are probably familiar with. It refers to processes like burning and welding that can ignite fires and explosions, so there is always a safety risk attached to it. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board has released a new fact sheet that gives much critical information about hot work safety.
Louisiana workers may be interested to learn that workplace fatalities jumped by 7 percent in 2016, according to a new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is the third consecutive year that work-related deaths have increased.
Workers in Louisiana who suffer potentially debilitating injuries on the job may be concerned not only about their short-term ability to provide income for themselves and their families but also the long-term effects if they cannot return to work for the foreseeable future. Some people may be under the mistaken impression that if one collects benefits under an employer-sponsored workers compensation insurance plan, he or she may be ineligible to collect from Social Security Disability Insurance. The good news is that, in most cases, this is not true.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is in charge of regulating workplace safety. Failing to comply with the agency's guidelines can lead to citations and fines. Every year, OSHA releases a list of the top 10 safety violations based on the number of allocated penalties. The results for fiscal year 2017 (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017) are similar to those of previous years, but there are some differences that business owners in Louisiana should be aware of.
Each year, more than 2,000 workers throughout the country are sent to the hospital because of arc flash explosions. Of those, roughly 400 will die from their burns or because of a resulting infection. In many cases, the accidents that lead to these injuries are caused by improperly working in an energized area. Workers may reduce the risk of these incidents by wearing protective equipment.
Louisiana warehouse workers who need to reach items on high shelves need to be provided with the proper equipment and training to be lifted to those shelves safely. A warehouse worker was fatally injured when he fell 7 feet to a concrete floor after standing on a pallet that had been lifted by a forklift to a top shelf. This was common practice in his workplace, and the workers did not have another way to safely access high shelves.
Louisiana employees who spend a significant amount of time in front of their computers while at work may suffer from computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eyestrain. The syndrome encompasses a variety of vision-related problems that can occur from prolonged digital device use.
Trench accidents on Louisiana construction sites can result in catastrophic injuries or deaths to workers who are involved in them. Because of the dangers that are posed by working in trenches, there are safety regulations that employers are mandated to follow. Because a cubic foot of dirt can weigh more than a ton, it is easy to understand how workers can be crushed when trenches collapse.