Louisiana Work-Related Deaths Decrease
According to a September 11, 2014 report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 114 Louisiana workers died in work-related accidents in 2013. This was a decrease from 116 deaths in 2012.
As Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eysink explained these dips in Louisiana work-related deaths:
“Overall, the numbers on workplace safety are headed in the right direction because Louisiana’s employers have made safety a priority.”
Eysink also commended workers for “doing their part to make their places of work safer.”
These numbers do show a positive trend. But, it is troubling that more than 100 Louisiana workers passed away from work-related accidents last year.
Louisiana Work-Related Deaths Continue
Not only are the numbers high, but just two days after the report, on September 13, 2014, there was an explosion on a Chevron natural gas pipeline that killed one contract worker and injured two others.
The workers had been performing routine maintenance on the pipeline located off of the Louisiana coast when the explosion occurred. There are no indications at this time as to what caused the explosion, but the loss of life simply illustrates the dangers faced by many Louisiana workers.
Safety and Procedural Improvements to Louisiana Workplaces
There can be no question that the workplace enjoyed by Louisiana workers is safer now than it was in the past.
There have been significant advancements in safety procedures, safety equipment, safety training and general workplace regulation that have contributed to this safer work environment. Even with those improvements, workers, particularly those in the offshore and industrial sectors, face many health and safety risks on a daily basis.
These dangers are unfairly increased when companies fail to take safety precautions to protect their workers. Accidents can be avoided with proper training, procedures, and equipment maintenance. However, many companies cut corners when it comes to safety. This failure to fully consider worker safety needlessly puts lives in jeopardy and can, and does, lead to catastrophic results.
New Orleans Industrial Accident Attorney
If you have been injured on the job, including injuries during offshore, maritime, or industrial work, call a New Orleans personal injury attorney at (504) 564-7342 so we can talk about what happened to you.
I’m here to help to get you back on your feet so you can get back to living your life.