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 due to the negligence of his employer.
In the story, a worker slipped and fell due to a lack of adequate fall protection, suffering a spinal cord injury and paralysis. Unfortunately, these types of scenarios happen all the time.
When employers neglect to provide a safe work environment, depending on the circumstances, employees might be well within their rights to take legal action. There is no excuse to expose workers to an unsafe work environment when multiple state and federal programs provide the tools and resources to make workplace safety possible for all types of businesses.