Many Louisiana residents may have lost an hour of sleep during the daylight saving time change, but according to researchers, the time change could have more severe consequences. Using injury data gathered between 1983 and 2006 by the U.S. Department of Labor and Mine Safety and Health Administration, a study published in 2009 by the Journal of Applied Psychology concluded that the daylight saving time changes resulted in 68 percent more workdays lost due to injuries and a 5.7 percent increase in overall injuries.
Louisiana workers may find the recent statistics about falls occurring on the job-site surprising. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that the majority of fall-related deaths happen in the construction industry and that the majority of non-life-threatening falls happen in health services and retail environments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics concluded that 605 employees died in a fall-related incident, and 212,760 employees were critically injured.
On Sept. 25, a man filed a claim for compensation in a Louisiana court after he says that he was injured on the job. According to the plaintiff, he suffered from acute lower back injuries while working in a lab aboard a sea vessel that was positioned in the Gulf of Mexico.
Shortly after 4 p.m. on Dec. 16, a construction vehicle was involved in roadwork that was being performed by three workers on U.S. Highway 165 north of Columbia. The construction truck was equipped with a sizable arrow board and was in the outside lane facing north.
Even though most workplaces are designed to be safe and healthy environments, accidents still happen. To help avoid injury, potential disability and other unwanted complications, residents of Louisiana may wish to consider these common causes of workplace injuries.
Louisiana employees who work in retail establishments are often be at risk for workplace injuries while carrying and moving objects, such as from a delivery bay to the sales floor. There are ways that these employees can protect themselves from these injuries by modifying their work practices and using tools designed to reduce strains and other injuries. These transport and lift-assist devices exist to not only ease the load on workers but also to increase productivity by requiring fewer people to transport objects.
Workers in Louisiana who sustain a herniated cervical disc may suffer from a great deal of pain and loss of mobility. Connected to the vertebrae, cervical discs act as shock absorbers and allow movement in the back and neck. When a cervical disc becomes displaced, or herniated, the disc puts pressure on nerves. This nerve pressure can cause numbness, tingling, weakness and pain in a person's arms and shoulders.