BATON ROUGE – The number of work-related fatalities in 2013 in Louisiana declined to 114, according to a preliminary count by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
The figure was down slightly from the revised total of 116 in 2012. Industries reporting the most fatalities in 2013 were trade, transportation and utilities with 37, construction with 17, natural resources and mining with 15, professional and business services with 14, manufacturing with 11 and government with nine.
Non-fatal injuries and illnesses in Louisiana had improved to their lowest level in a decade in 2012, according to a separate BLS survey released last November. Louisiana ranked second in the nation in 2012 for rate of non-fatal injuries and illnesses.
“Overall, the numbers on workplace safety are headed in the right direction because Louisiana’s employers have made safety a priority,” said LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink. “The state’s workers also are to be commended for doing their part to make their places of work safer.”
LWC’s Office of Workers’ Compensation collects data about workplace fatalities in partnership with the BLS. Data on 2013 non-fatal injuries and illnesses will be released in November. Additional state and national data is available at the BLS website, www.bls.gov/iif.
The LWC’s Office of Workers’ Compensation continues to provide information and support for workplace safety improvements, especially to industries where fatalities and injuries are more common.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission administers the Workers’ Compensation system in Louisiana, and provides free OSHA consultations for employers. The department also provides valuable information on training, education and technical assistance at no cost.
The LWC’s OSHA Consultations department also started Project 13, a program that honors fallen workers in an effort to bring attention to workplace accidents and to improve safety awareness. This is done through cards and other methods of sympathy and expression.
Louisiana employers can request a free OSHA Consultation (these are not federal OSHA inspections) or a Workplace Safety visit by calling LWC’s Office of Workers’ Compensation at 1-800-201-2497.
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