According to a recent survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Louisiana remained one of the safest states to work, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported.

The number of non-fatal accidents and injuries of the state has continuously decreased over the past 16 years and remains one of the lowest percentages in the nation compared to the national averages that have been compiled since 2007.

The reported rate for Louisiana in 2017 remained stable at 1.9 incidents per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, equal to the percentage reported in 2016. The national average was 2.8.

Louisiana had the lowest incidence among 41 participating states, with only the District of Columbia as a percentage of non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses. Louisiana has remained below the national average since the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration revised its data retention rules in 2002.

The injury and disease rate of the state showed improvement in several industrial sectors. Among the leaders:

  • Information: down 0.8 incidents per 100 fte employees from 2017.
  • Administrative and support and waste management and remediation: fewer than 0.8 incidents per 100 employees.
  • Educational services: 0.6 incidents per 100 employees.
  • Real estate and rental and leasing: fewer than 0.4 incidents per 100 employees.
  • Health care and social assistance: fewer than 0.3 incidents per 100 employees.
  • Accommodation and food services: fewer than 0.3 incidents per 100 employees.

The state also saw a decrease in the incidence of missed work cases. The incidence of Louisiana in 2017 was 64.7 cases per 10,000 FTE employees in case of non-fatal injuries in the workplace or illnesses resulting in missed work compared to 70.5 cases per 10,000 FTE in 2016. Louisiana remains below average the average mean of 89.4 cases per 10,000 FTE employees reported in 2017.

The most common injuries and illnesses were sprains, strains and tears on the lower limbs caused by contact with objects and equipment. Floors, walkways and ground surfaces were the most common causes of cases that resulted in time away from work in Louisiana.

The LWC collects data on workplace safety in collaboration with BLS and has created a website (http://www.laworks.net/Downloads/Downloads_oshs.asp) where current and archived Louisiana-specific information can be downloaded.

Source: Louisiana Workforce Commission

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