What Are The Most Dangerous Occupations In Louisiana?

Determining which jobs in Louisiana or elsewhere are the most hazardous can mean looking at various factors, including:

  • The types of activities required by particular jobs
  • The types of injuries often suffered by people at work in the state
  • Specific occupations in the state that have the highest numbers of injuries each year as measured by hospitalizations per year

A look at each of these factors follows with evidence from in government sources.

Common Work Activities Resulting In Injuries

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has identified musculoskeletal disorders as common examples of workplace injuries. Jobs that include the following activities may put workers at risk: repetitive tasks using the same muscles without adequate rest; injuries to joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and the spine brought about awkward body positions, use of vibratory equipment and lifting heavy, bulky loads.

Specific Types Of Workplace Injuries Identified By The Louisiana DHH

Specific numbers of certain types of on-the-job injuries in Louisiana include:

  • Amputations on the job (an average of 74 per year between 2003 and 2012)
  • Burn-related injuries (an average of 31 per year between 2003 and 2012)
  • Fatal work-related injuries (an average of 121 per year between 2003 and 2012)

Occupations Often Found On Lists Of High Instance Workplace Accidents In Louisiana

The DHH has compiled statistics on hospitalizations for which workers' compensation was the primary payer (an average of 2200 per year between 2003 and 2012), with frequently mentioned occupational categories including jobs in manufacturing, highway construction, food manufacturing, wood product manufacturing, nonmetallic metal manufacturing, architectural and structural metal manufacturing, ship and boat building, and grocery and alcoholic beverage wholesaling; auto and auto parts dealer jobs; general retail jobs; jobs in air transportation and freight trucking; hospital, nursing and residential care facility jobs; and local government jobs.

Specific scenarios that often lead to workplace injuries for Louisiana workers in some of those categories include:

  • Lifting injuries affecting workers in the health care professions
  • Slip-and-fall accidents affecting people working in food service working around greasy floors
  • Crush injuries affecting construction workers who spend time around heavy machinery
  • Fall injuries for any workers working around holes or ditches
  • Back and neck injuries affecting workers in retail warehouses and big-box stores
  • Repetitive stress injuries affecting people with office jobs

Logging Is Particularly Hazardous

Many who study reports of on-the-job injuries in the state — including OHSA — notice that logging in particular triggers large numbers of injuries. Injured loggers and other injured workers should consult with experienced workers' compensation lawyers to learn how to protect their rights and obtain the compensation they need to pay medical bills and cope with losses associated with the injuries.

Were You Injured While Working At One Of The Most Dangerous Occupations In Louisiana?

The Bryan Law Firm L.L.C. in Marksville welcomes your inquiry if you are looking for a lawyer who can help you through the process of claiming all the workers' compensation benefits you are eligible for. At the same time, we will review all known facts in your case to determine whether you have cause to file a third-party liability lawsuit against someone other than your employer who may have contributed to the accident or caused it. Call 318-240-8282 or send an email message to request a free consultation with an attorney.