Texas has led the nation 11 out of the last 14 years in workplace deaths. According to the statistics, Texas had 524 workplace deaths. That is a 3% increase from the year before. This is significant considering Texas is the only state that does not require employers to carry workers compensation insurance. After accounting for employers with private insurance, Texas has over a half-million workers without insurance.
On a national level, 40% of workplace injuries by occupation, happened in the transportation sector. This includes everything from sales to pedestrian/vehicular incidents. In the private sector, the leading industry was construction, checking in with the highest deaths reported since 2008. Other areas reported significant increases in deaths as well. Oil and Gas Extraction is up 17%, agriculture and forestry is up 14%, and manufacturing is up 9%.
The head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in reference to the construction industry, said “workers are not being given adequate protection.” With the increase in workplace deaths, and the lack of insurance coverage for the Texas workforce, there is an obvious need for change.
If you have lost a loved one in an on-the-job accident, please contact Mayfield Law Office. We are here to help.