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10 Steps For Louisiana Employers To Take To Avoid Traffic Fatalities

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, NHTSA, AND OSHA have set forth a 10-Step Program of what an employer can do to improve traffic safety. They include: Senior Management Commitment & Employee Involvement Written Policies and Procedures Driver Agreements Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Checks Crash Reporting and Investigation Vehicle Selection, Maintenance, and Inspection Disciplinary Action System Reward/Incentive Program Driver Training/Communication Regulatory Compliance Source: OSHA_NHTSA & NETS_Guide.pdf

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Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fishing Deaths 2000–2009

J Lincoln, PhD, D Lucas, MS, Alaska Pacific Regional Office, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report in a July 16, 2010 report that: Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States; Of the 504 U.S. commercial fishing deaths, the majority occurred after a vessel disaster (261 deaths, 52%) or a fall overboard (155 deaths, 31%). By region, 133 (26%) deaths occurred off the coast of Alaska, 124 (25%) in the Northeast, 116 (23%) in the Gulf of Mexico, 83 (16%) off the West Coast, and 41 (8%) in the Mid- and South Atlantic. The fisheries with the highest number of fatalities were Gulf of Mexico shrimp (55), Atlantic scallop (44), and Alaskan salmon (39) For questions about a Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fishing Death claim, contact Louisiana Jones Act Lawyer. Source: CDC’s Commercial Fishing Deaths — United States, 2000–2009

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Health Concerns Mount As Oil Clean Up Continues

As some 34,000 workers labor to contain the oozing oil surging in to the Gulf of Mexico, concerns over the potential health effects of the BP oil spill have mounted. In a U.S Institute of Medicine panel led last week by Linda McCauley, dean of Emory University’s School of Nursing, McCauley expressed concern for the health of the clean-up workers and called for increased transparency from BP regarding safety precautions. In the months following the April 20th spill, efforts to coordinate resources and organize health monitoring have been slow and reminiscent of post 9/11 efforts to access and monitor the health of emergency responders. ” Large gaps in the data” are making it difficult for scientists and health professionals to gather conclusive information on the health of spill workers. Many Institute of Medicine panel members shared McCauley’s concerns and called for the U.S government to fund a long-term effort to routinely monitor and track levels of toxin exposure amongst clean up and maintain coherent data. While much is unknown about the long-term health effects of such a massive oil spill, the National Institute of Health has pledged $10 million towards the study of the public health impact of the spill. Gulf residents and cleanup workers have already experienced acute exposure symptoms including headache, nausea, throat irritation, eye pain, cough, and dizziness. Over 450 oil exposure complaints have been reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the majority concerning fume inhalation by cleanup workers. Although spill workers are most […]

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Hopper Dredge Safety: Building Louisiana Sand Berms to Block the BP Oil Spill is Dangerous Work

Dredging in Louisiana has officially commenced, to create sand berms that will inhibit the spreading of oil from the Gulf to the shores and marshlands in the state. This massive project will place numerous individuals in jobs on dredging vessels, who will be tasked with removing the sand, storing it, and replacing it in areas where it is considered advantageous for stopping the oil. Vessels equipped for this activity, namely the “hopper dredge,” are extremely powerful machines. In addition to their capacity to transport massive quantities of sand, they can cause harm to their operators, and other individuals who are situated in waterways near the vessel. The Army Corps of Engineer’s list of hazards related to the hopper dredge is significant, describing how the dredge’s wake could capsize smaller boats, and how the water pressure the dredge emits could force a person underwater, causing severe injury or death. In light of the safety concerns surrounding these dredges, many standard procedures are required of the companies who run these vessels to ensure, if nothing else, the workers’ well being. The Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA)provides a meticulous checklist for one of the dredge vessels that is intended to make dredge operations foolproof in terms of safety. Among the inspections, logs and general activities that are detailed are general safety procedures, such as what to do in case of a medical emergency, and maintaining an appropriate number of personal flotation devices (PFD’s) on board. Despite the existence of checklists, there is […]

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