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Louisiana gets another drop in compensation insurance rates

There are many pitfalls for even the most conscientious worker focusing on safety. Many jobs in Louisiana, such as short-haul trucking and industrial fishing, have some of the highest injury rates of industries around the country. The state is also a center of offshore drilling, a type of resource extraction with the highest death rate.

A blow to the head can ruin your work relationships

Our brains are both fragile and resilient, which can make a mild brain injury a very difficult injury to identify and understand. Although a brain may suffer an injury more easily than we expect, it may also continue to function despite the damage. These kinds of injuries may occur any time that a person receives a blow to the head, but the victim is not always aware that they suffered any serious harm. In fact, the victim may simply suffer through the symptoms without ever receiving a diagnosis or proper treatment, destroying many of their personal and professional relationships along the way.

Do you have a work-related repetitive stress injury?

Work-related injuries can come in many shapes and sizes, and may even build up over time rather than occur in a single incident. In fact, repetitive stress injuries, such as bursitis or carpal tunnel syndrome, are among the most common work-related injuries, accounting for one out of every five on-the-job injuries in the country.

Commonly asked questions about Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a law that protects employees in Louisiana and across the country. The law prevents employers from replacing employees who take leave for the birth or adoption of a child, caring for an immediate family member who is ill or taking time to recover from an injury or illness themselves. Let's answer some commonly asked questions about FMLA in today's post.

How can our company reduce workers' comp claims?

Workers' compensation claims are made quite often by employees in Louisiana. Some employees make claims for the most minor injuries imaginable, while others file claims that are fraudulent. Then there are the employees who get injured on the job and refrain from filing a claim, for whatever reason. As an employer, is there a way the company can reduce workers' compensation claims?

How do I stay safe on scaffolding at work?

The next time you arrive at work and see scaffolding constructed, you need to make sure you are as safe as possible. Going up on scaffolding can be very scary and nerve-wracking, especially if you aren't too sure with what could go wrong. So, how do you stay safe on scaffolding at work in Lafayette?

Louisiana has highest costs per workers' compensation claim

The Workers' Compensation Research Institute conducted a study recently of 18 states that found the highest total costs per claim of workers' compensation. The study found that the state of Louisiana has the highest total costs per claim of the 18 states studied. The study was called the CompScope Benchmark for Louisiana, 18th Edition.

Lack of safety training can lead to workplace injuries

Workplace safety is one of the most important topics every company should have with its employees. Workers must be reminded often how important it is for them to follow all safety policies and procedures in place and to wear the right protective gear. There are times when accidents will still happen even when workers take the proper precautions. But, a lack of safety training can lead to workplace injuries that can be avoided.

Explaining the Employee Retirement Income Security Act

If you have signed a contract for employment, have read employment law or have read employment posters hung in the workplace, you have likely come across the word ERISA. You might be wondering what ERISA stands for and why it is so important. ERISA is short for the Employment Retirement Income Security Act, which was passed in 1974. Let's take a deeper look at ERISA in today's post.

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