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Workplace Accidents Archives

What is the most common office place accident?

Of all the workplaces in Louisiana that you would expect to be dangerous, an office would probably not be one of your first responses. However, serious injuries can take place in any workplace, including office buildings. In fact, according to Albert Einstein College of Medicine, offices lead the pack in the number of injuries from falls. Plus, falls are the cause of the most serious office injuries. Overlooking this and thinking an office is a low-risk work place could put you at higher risk of becoming a victim of a fall when at work.

Paying for work-related car accidents

Like most in Saint Charles, you likely make assumptions about certain situations in life. One of those may be that if you are in a car accident, your auto insurance will help pay for your accident expenses. Another may be that workers' compensation will cover the cost of any injuries that you suffer while at work. Yet many come to us here at the Hale Law Firm asking who pays if they are involved in a car accident while on the job? 

Preventing falls in a mine

If you are someone who works in the Louisiana mining industry or if you know a person who does, it is in your best interest to know how a miner can take a nasty stumble in a mine and the best precautions to take. Mines are dangerous places to work, and some of these hazardous conditions can cause miners to fall down if they are not careful.

What is asbestosis?

At this point, you are probably aware that asbestos is a dangerous substance. Since the 1970s, the government has been aware of the danger and made sure your exposure is limited. However, this does not mean asbestos is not still in your environment in Louisiana. It does not mean that you will never come in contact with it. If you do have exposure or you know someone who has had exposure to asbestos in the past, there could be a risk for the development of a condition called asbestosis.

Recorded workplace accidents down notably in the last 15 years

When people agree to a particular job in Louisiana, they are acknowledging that their job may expose them to the risks that are a given part of the industry they operate in. Depending on their occupation, the risks and hazards they face each day will vary significantly. Employers should provide adequate training and education to allow their workers to learn about how to do certain jobs without compromising quality, and more importantly safety. 

What kind of burns can people suffer on the job?

Louisiana industrial, oil and construction workers understand that their jobs can be dangerous. One jobsite risk involves skin burns. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), over 40,000 people go to the hospital each year for burns. To avoid injury and possible death, Louisiana workers should be aware of the different ways a person can suffer workplace burns.

Effects of shift work in the oil industry

The oil industry is one of Louisiana's most lucrative industries, and it employs thousands of workers from across the state. However, though the industry may be great for the economy, it is not so great for the workers. Much of rig work is done at night, during "shift hours," which, according to the US National Library of Medicine, is between 1900 and 0600 hours.

What are the components of chemical hazard labels?

When you work with hazardous chemicals on a job site in Louisiana, those chemicals must have a specific label on them as ordered by the federal government. This label is kept universal so you can easily understand the label on any chemical you work with. However, even though the label is always the same, you also need to understand what information is on the label and how to interpret that information.

Why is proper safety training important?

Regardless of where you work in Louisiana, your employer should have given you some safety training when you first began your job. This safety training provided you with a good foundation for staying safe while at work and understanding the safety risks that are present in your work place. According to Arbill, proper safety training includes ensuring it is ongoing. It should not just occur once and be forgotten.

How do I report an unsafe work environment?

No worker in Louisiana should be exposed to harm in the workplace. While some occupations are inherently dangerous, those dangers should never be because an employer is not providing proper safety equipment or following safety standards. If you feel your workplace is unnecessarily unsafe, then it is well within your rights to report it.

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