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Workplace Fatalities at an All-time High in Texas

Workplace Fatalities at an All-time High in Texas

Recently released preliminary federal data shows that the number of people killed in the workplace has increased throughout the entire country. For the past 11 years, Texas has had the leading amount of total workplace deaths. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 508 fatal workplace injuries occurred in 2014 while 524 employees have been killed in workplace accidents in 2015. In total, Texas accounted for a three percent increase in workplace fatalities while the United States, together, increased by two percent.

Contributing Factors

Research shows that there are a few factors that may be contributing to rise of workplace fatalities throughout Texas.

1. There Are More Job Opportunities in Texas

  • While other states continue to suffer a lapse in the economy, the economy in Texas continues to prosper. Although this provides more job opportunities for the people of the state, many of the job openings are in dangerous fields such as trucking, oil production, gas production, and construction industries.

2. There are No Enforced Safety Precautions in Texas

  • Sources show that Texas is guilty of practicing negligent safety efforts in a number of industries. Research shows that many of these lax efforts occur in the construction industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration declares that many employees have not received adequate protection.

3. Texas Does Not Require Employees to Have Insurance

  • Out of all states, Texas is the only one that does not necessitate employees to carry workers’ compensation insurance. As a substitute, many companies offer private insurance opportunities. As a result, well over 500,000 employees are not covered by any type of protection.

If You Have Been Injured in the Workplace, You Need Experienced Representation

The Dallas personal injury lawyers at The Daspit Law Firm are dedicated to giving each and every client the aggressive representation they need throughout their entire case. At our firm, we fight to help our clients recover maximum compensation for their injuries, medical expenses, emotional distresses, lost wages, and more. Pursue justice today!

Whether you have been injured in the workplace or have suffered the loss of a loved one who was killed in the workplace, the Dallas personal injury attorneys from The Daspit Law Firm can help. Call our firm today for your free consultation!