The private-sector rate of Louisiana workplace injuries resulting in time away from work in 2014 was lower than the national average, according to new data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For every 10,000 full-time workers in Louisiana, there were 65.5 cases of nonfatal workplace injury or illness resulting in missed work, the BLS data showed. The national average in 2014 was 97.8 cases per 10,000 full-time workers.
Nonfatal injuries and illnesses involving vehicle accidents were the most common source of cases resulting in time away from work in Louisiana due mostly to sprains, strains and tears. Upper extremities were the most common area of the body affected.
“Safety remains the front line of defense in workers compensation,” said Patrick Robinson, director of the Office of Workers Compensation Administration. “Louisiana employers and safety teams continue to put measures into place to prevent workers from becoming injured, resulting in positive outcomes for the state as a whole.”
Recent BLS data showed Louisiana ranked first among 41 states participating in the survey, trailing only the District of Columbia for the rate of nonfatal, workplace related injuries and illnesses. For every 100 full-time equivalent private sector workers, the incidence rate of nonfatal workplace injury and illnesses was 2.0, down from 2.2 in 2013. There were an estimated 28,500 nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses at private employers in 2014, down from 30,000 in 2013.
The LWC Office of Workers Compensation Administration has made a priority of helping employers improve safety through the Workplace Safety Task Force. LWC staff work with employers in injury-prone industries. The LWC also created the LAWorks Safe Award, which recognizes employers that meet high standards for protecting employees and preventing injuries, illnesses and fatalities.
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.
The LWC collects workplace safety data in partnership with BLS and has created a website where current and archived Louisiana-specific information can be downloaded. Additional state and national data is available on the BLS website in the section on injuries, illnesses and fatalities section.
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