The numbers are showing that safety conditions might be getting better for Louisiana workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this past year the number of workplace injuries at private companies fell to its lowest level in 15 years.
For the past several years, Louisiana has had a below average placement on lists comparing its safety record to other states. This year, however, we saw the lowest number of injuries of any of the 48 surveyed states. Louisiana workers suffered 1.9 workplace injuries for every 110 full-time employees in the private sector. This gives Louisiana the second best number on the list, after the District of Columbia.
Because of these improvements, workers’ compensation rates are also going down, according to the Louisiana Department of Insurance. This means that authorities are recommending another rate decrease for businesses in 2017.
The recent improvements didn’t occur in just one or two areas. There was a widespread safety boost in many key industries. To give you a sense, all the following areas saw safety improvements this past year:
- Real estate
- Professional and technical services
Better Safety Conditions Benefit Everyone
These are encouraging improvements in our state. A safer workplace is great news for both employees and businesses. Fewer injuries mean lower insurance rates, which benefits business leaders. It also means that workers get to stay safe, keep working and avoid taking partial wages while they collect workers’ compensation.
There is still always progress to be made, of course. Hopefully businesses, community leaders and workers come together and continue to help our workplaces progress. Everyone deserve the right to come home to their family safely.