The rate of work-related injuries and illnesses among Louisiana’s private-sector employers improved in 2014 to the best level in 13 years, according to a federal Bureau of Labor Statistics survey.
The survey showed Louisiana improved to 2 incidents per 100 full-time workers, down from 2.2 in 2013. The national average was 3.2. Louisiana ranked first among the 41 participating states, trailing only the District of Columbia for the rate of non-fatal, workplace-related injuries and illnesses. It was the state’s best showing since the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration revised its record-keeping rules in 2002.
“Workplace safety clearly has become a top priority for Louisiana companies and their employees,” said Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. “In addition to the inherent benefits of fewer injuries, their commitment to safety also is leading to lower costs for workers’ compensation insurance.”
Workers’ compensation insurance rates in Louisiana have dropped approximately 17 percent since 2008, according to the Louisiana Department of Insurance. The National Council of Compensation Insurance has recommended a reduction of an additional 2.7 percent for 2016.
The state’s injury and illness rate showed improvement in multiple industry sectors. Among the leaders:
• Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting: Down 9.6 incidents per 100 full-time workers from 2013.
• Accommodation and food services: Down 1 incident per 100 workers.
• Other services (except public administration): Down 0.9 incidents per 100 workers.
• Wholesale trade: Down 0.7 incidents per 100 workers.
• Information: Down 0.6 incidents per 100 workers.
• Retail trade: Down 0.4 incidents per 100 workers.
The LWC offers free consultation services to help businesses improve workplace safety. Employers can arrange a confidential, comprehensive safety and health survey from our trained workplace safety consultants. To request a free consultation or workplace safety visit, call the LWC at 1-800-201-2497.
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