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How the CDC’s New Grant Can Help Improve Workplace Safety in Louisiana

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will grant the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals $1.4 million to improve workplace safety. As part of the grant, the CDC’s Occupational Health and Injury Surveillance Program will identify dangerous work environments throughout the state, improve workplace safety training, and report dangerous workplaces to OSHA. If the program is successful, then perhaps Louisiana can reduce its annual number of work accidents. Why Workplace Safety is Important for Louisiana Workers Work accidents can be prevented through proper training by providing safety equipment and by ensuring employees are operating in a safe work environment. For many occupations, workplace safety can mean the difference between life and death. This is especially true in our state. For example, the oil and gas industry, where workers operate around chemicals and other flammable materials. We recently wrote about a hypothetical scenario where a family man and roughneck was injured…
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When Greed Kills: How Corruption Created the GM Ignition Switch Scandal

Corporate scandals involving criminal activity and negligence have gotten out of control. A U.S. Senator and former Harvard law professor recently used her office to bring attention to the fact that too many companies are getting away with ‘bad behavior’. Corporate corruption and the negative consequences it can have on innocent victims has become so widespread that it deserves a regular series of blogs. Among the corporate scandals listed by the U.S. Senator is the General Motors (GM) ignition switch catastrophe, which has killed more than 100 people and injured almost 300. GM has been accused of covering up the scandal by failing to report its defective ignition switch to regulators at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). GM Knew About the Defective Ignition Switch GM agreed to pay $900 million after a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation revealed the automaker concealed the defective ignition switch from NHTSA. Federal…
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Are Your Fellow Motorists Facebooking Behind the Wheel?

Texting and driving has become a major cause of car accidents in Louisiana and elsewhere. Some motorists may even go a step further by using Facebook, Twitter, or taking selfies while driving. According to an AT&T poll, 4 out of 10 smartphone users are on social media while driving. AT&T’s research studied the distracted driving habits of 2,000 people with smartphones. The research discovered 61 percent text message, 28 percent surf the internet, 25 percent browse Facebook and 17 percent take selfies. An additional 10 percent, and this is very frightening, video chat with friends while driving. Let’s explore how dangerous this is for a moment. It only takes five seconds of driving at 55 mph to traverse a distance greater than a football field. If a motorist travelling at 55 mph took his or her eyes off the road for 5 to 10 seconds to post on Facebook, they…
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