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Report: Among states, Texas has highest risk of work-related death

Since the end of the most recent recession, many construction workers in Texas are undoubtedly happy to have found employment after not having a job for a time. However, employment statistics in Texas are not all good.

According to a recent report from the Dallas Morning News, workers in Texas are more likely to suffer fatal on-the-job injuries than workers in any other state. The numbers suggest that, on average, the risk of dying on the job in Texas is 12 percent higher than the risk of dying while doing the same job somewhere else. In fact, the latest report from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration shows that, since October 2013, Texas has had the highest rate of workplace fatalities out of all the states, and Houston has been the most deadly city in Texas for workers. 

Texas employs a great many people in the construction industry. In the Houston area, for example, 11.78 jobs per 1,000 are in construction. That percentage of construction jobs is the highest in the country. In the last 10 months, however, 14 workers have died in the Houston area, and most of those deaths occurred as a result of problems in construction and maintenance.

A report from the Houston Chronicle points to a particularly high rate of deaths in construction related to the oil and gas industry. In a recent post, we discussed some of the serious risks faced by workers in oil refineries and petrochemical plants.

Workers' compensation provides benefits to injured workers or the families of workers killed on the job, but employers in Texas are not required to carry workers' comp insurance. This situation results in many injured workers being left to fend for themselves.

If you have suffered an injury on the job and are struggling with medical bills, rehabilitation and lost income, then you may need to speak with an injury attorney to discuss your options. The construction industry provides vital infrastructure that Texans use and enjoy, and construction workers deserve compensation for work-related injuries.

Source: Houston Press, "Happy Labor Day! Houston Has More Workplace Fatalities Than Other Texas Cities," Maha Ahmed, Sept. 1, 2014

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