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Workers in construction and mining face serious risks in Texas

A few months ago, we discussed the fact that Texas has the highest rate of fatal work accidents among all of the states. Construction related to the oil and gas industry is particularly hazardous. Following is a breakdown of the kinds of fatal events and exposures that caused work-related deaths in Texas in 2013:

  • Total of fatal injuries: 493
  • Transportation incidents: 213
  • Contact with equipment and objects: 76
  • Trips, slips and falls: 73
  • Violence and injuries caused by people or animals: 66
  • Explosions and fires: 32
  • Exposure to harmful environments or substances: 31

Of the 493 fatal work injuries that year, 113 were in the construction industry, and 41 of those deaths were due to transportation incidents. Fifty-one deaths occurred in the mining industry, 26 of which were attributed to transportation accidents.

While the Texas Department of Insurance provides a detailed, numerical account of work-related deaths in our state, the devastating emotional effects of these accidents is much more difficult to quantify. Fatal work accidents leave families desperately in search of answers to both emotional and financial questions.

Hazards are commonplace in many Texas industries, but workers are nonetheless entitled to a reasonably safe work environment. Unfortunately, sometimes employers and other parties cut corners and fail to protect workers from serious injury. When this kind of negligence causes a person's death, the grieving family of the deceased may seek justice through a wrongful death claim against the negligent party.

Our Industrial Accidents overview has more on how to alleviate financial worries in the wake of a fatal workplace accident.

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