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OSHA lauds Louisiana's low injury rate on the job

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BATON ROUGE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Louisiana's private industry rate of work-related injuries
and illnesses in 2011 was the best yet since the revision of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration record-keeping rules in 2002.

Louisiana achieved the rating in the 2011 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. The survey indicated that private industry non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses in Louisiana dropped to an estimated 2.5 per 100 full-time workers, down from 2.7 the prior year, and
below the national rate of 3.5.

According to the Executive Director of the La. Workforce Commission, "Louisiana's employers deserve tremendous credit for the attention they place on operating safe workplaces. The LWC's Office of Workers' Compensation supports their efforts by targeting its safety consultation resources to help employers in industries with higher accident rates protect their workers and reduce workplace injuries."

Louisiana's improvement in its private industry incidence rate is reflected in several industry sectors. The arts, entertainment, and recreation sector showed the biggest incidence rate decrease over-the-year of 1.8 per 100 full-time workers. Other sectors showing improved incidence rates were wholesale trade and professional, scientific, and technical services
sectors, which each decreased by 0.7; retail trade and transportation and warehousing sectors, which showed decreases of 0.5; and the construction sector, which showed an incidence rate decrease of 0.3.

Louisiana employers can request a free OSHA consultation or workplace safety visit by calling the LWC at 1-800-201-2497.

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