Work-related injuries and illnesses among Louisiana’s private companies fell to their lowest level in 13 years and pushed Louisiana to the top of state rankings, according to figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Louisiana had just 2 incidents per 100 full-time workers in 2014, down from 2.2 a year earlier, the BLS survey shows. The national average was 3.2.
Louisiana ranked No. 1 among the 41 states that participated in the survey. Only the District of Columbia had a better ranking.
The biggest improvement came in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, which was down 9.6 incidents per 100 workers. Accommodation and food services was down 1 incident.
“Workplace safety clearly has become a top priority for Louisiana companies and their employees,” said Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. “In addition to the inherent benefits of fewer injuries, their commitment to safety also is leading to lower costs for workers’ compensation insurance.”
Workers’ compensation insurance rates in Louisiana have fallen 17 percent since 2008 and could drop 2.7 percent in 2016, according to the Louisiana Department of Insurance.