In local news:

According to new data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of Louisiana workplace injuries resulting in time away from work in 2013 was lower than the national average. For every 10,000 full-time workers in Louisiana, there were 82.3 cases of nonfatal workplace injury or illness resulting in missed work. The national average in 2013 was 99.9 cases. Nonfatal injuries and illnesses involving vehicle accidents were the most common kinds of cases resulting in time away from work in Louisiana due mostly to sprains, strains and tears. Over-exertion and bodily reaction were the most frequent factors, with upper extremities the most common area of the body affected.

Read the full release from Louisiana Workforce Commission here.

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