While the risks of getting injured at work are present at any job, you may be well aware that those risks are heightened significantly in the construction industry. Because your workers are required to work at height to complete their assignments, they are subjected to increased danger from falling. Fortunately, with your proactive leadership, you can help your workers stay safer and effectively prevent falls from happening in the workplace. At Hale Law Firm, we understand the risks construction workers face and have experience helping Louisiana companies to facilitate workers' compensation claims.
Most people in Louisiana spend around 40 hours every week at work. It is common to become attached to co-workers. You may even become friends with them. The connections can often be deep. When a fatal accident occurs in the workplace, the toll it takes on everyone else can be huge. According to EHS Today, your employer should be prepared for a fatal workplace accident and be ready to provide services to you and the other workers to help you deal with the incident.
Workplace accidents affect everyone. Whether they are minor or severe, they lead to lost work time, wages and can decrease employee morale. Fortunately, most Louisiana workplace accidents occur due to preventable actions. This means you have the opportunity to make your workplace safer and prevent many accidents simply by knowing and understanding the things you should and should not be doing when on the job.
Every day, hundreds of Louisiana residents spend hours at work to make a living and support themselves and their families. However, some of these people risk significantly more than others depending on the type of industry they work in, the job responsibilities they are assigned and the environmental exposures around them.
One of the top workplace accidents in Louisiana is falls. Falls can occur due to many things, but slippery surfaces are a common culprit. If you work in a situation where you must be on a slippery surface often, then learning techniques and tips to help you walk on such surfaces can be quite helpful. Carnegie Mellon University offers some solid advice to help you get better footing on slippery surfaces and avoid falls.
If your Louisiana employer is creating a dangerous work environment or not following safety regulations, you have the right to report them. However, in the past, employees were afraid of doing so because employers would often punish them for doing it. Thanks to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s whistleblower protection, you no longer have to worry about kickback from your employer.
You were at work when it happened. A third-party contractor came to the construction site and started using equipment he wasn't familiar with. He assured everyone that he was well-education on the machinery, but soon you realized that was not the case.
When people are involved in an automobile collision, a slip-and-fall accident or have an object fall on their head, they may receive a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain damage can potentially cause long-term damage, which can make it difficult for people to return to work and engage in simple everyday activities. Although there have been many studies done on moderate to severe brain injuries, less research has shown the effects of mild brain injuries on victims. A recent study published in Neurology found that even mild brain injuries can cause long-lasting cognitive damage in people who have been through minor accidents.
The construction industry is one of the most fatal in Louisiana and across the United States. In 2015, one in every five worker deaths were in the field of construction, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Out of the 4,379 people who were killed in workplace accidents that year, 21.4 percent or 937 died in construction. The leading causes of death in the field of construction are referred to as the ‘fatal four’. Researchers indicate that by eliminating the four major causes of construction site deaths, at least 602 lives would be saved each year. The Hale Law Firm understands that many construction site injuries and deaths are preventable, and that all workers are entitled to work in a safe environment.
With spring in full swing, it won’t be long until road construction seem take over just about every road. With this timing in mind, next week, the state of Louisiana will recognize Work Zone Awareness Week. During the week, there will be enhanced efforts to raise awareness of what drivers should do to protect workers in and around road construction sites.