Many are well-aware of the dangers of operating heavy equipment, working in the heat and breathing toxic chemicals at work. We can now add dust from manufacturing and working with artificial stone to the list of causes of serious lung injury and death. Known as engineered stone, this popular material is commonly used for counter tops in kitchens and bathrooms.
Louisiana has a variety of industries that make up its economy, and some of them have jobs that require long hours and heavy manual labor. While these trades help put food on the table for numerous Louisianans, they happen to be some of the most dangerous in the country -- according to the Census of Fatal Occupational injuries, Louisiana has a higher rate of workplace injuries than many other states across the U.S. with 6.3 injuries per 100,000 workers.
We are now entering the steamy summer months. While many workers are fortunate to work in controlled or comfortable work environments, this is not an option for everyone. According to OSHA, it is dangerous for workers to be exposed to a heat index above 90 degrees and reaches critical levels at 104 degrees. These can be jobs with radiant heat sources like a restaurant kitchen, boiler rooms or laundries or working in the hot sun as a construction worker, landscaper, farm hand or oil and gas worker.
The National Safety Council (NSC) just released its analysis of injuries in the workplace for 2017. The complete findings can be found on its Injury Facts web site, but there was some interesting yet troubling news for the woman worker.
The scope of employment-related activities on the job can be a real grey area for employers and employees. In the past, a worker injured while working at a company would generally fall under the heading of workplace injury. Now, however, employees can work just about anywhere.
Firefighters risk their lives day in and day out to put out dangerous fires and protect those in need. To a firefighter, a potentially deadly blaze is merely another day at work. When people talk about firefighters, many discuss bravery, sacrifice and work ethic. Very few people ever mention workplace injury, mental illness or disability.
Construction is a very dangerous line of work. Construction workers must do manual labor with heavy machinery in less-than-ideal weather conditions. As a result, the construction industry sees an abnormally high rate of workplace injuries.
Over the past 15 years, Louisiana's rate of workplace injuries has consistently decreased. That has changed, however, according to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Construction work frequently involves the use of scaffolding, lifts, hoists and ladders. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that about two-thirds of construction employees frequently use scaffolding and other types of lifts. Using this equipment can sometimes lead to serious workplace accidents-- and the injuries that result from these accidents can be incredibly serious.
When you are working hard at your job, the last thing that you should have to worry about is becoming injured. Unfortunately, workplace injuries are a reality for thousands of workers across the United States. What’s more, workplace accidents don’t only result in injury—they can sometimes lead to death.