Texas Work-Related Deaths Increase by 3.4 Percent
A report from WorkCompCentral.com indicates that on-the-job deaths in Texas increased by 3.4 percent in 2016, compared to the previous year.
The website used the most recently available date from the Division of Worker’s Compensation for its publication. Texas had a total of 545 deaths on the job, or a rate of about 4.4 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers during 2016. This was 22 percent higher than the national average.
You can review the data in the source link below. In 2015, there were 527 work-related deaths.
According to the report, 60 percent of the 2016 deaths were related to transportation accidents. Sadly, pedestrians killed in construction or work zones on roadways increased in Texas, from three in 2015 to 11 in 2016.
Falls accounted for 90 work-related deaths in 2016, while contact with objects and equipment factored in 75 deaths.
Trade contracting had the highest fatality rate, followed by trucking, then administrative and support services, mining, and civil engineering construction. There were also 45 homicides and 21 suicides at work sites.
Were You Injured at Work?
If you have been injured at work or your loved one was killed on-the-job, contact our Texas workplace accident attorneys. Texas has very murky workers’ compensation insurance laws, as it fails to require that all private employers provide coverage.
Because of this, many employers are opting out of paying premiums and risking their chances in the court of law. This means that if your employer does not carry coverage and you are injured, you can file a lawsuit to address your injury or your loved one’s death.
Your best option if you are injured on-the-job is to talk to our Texas workplace accident legal experts, so we can investigate your case and determine if you have a claim. If your loved one has died, you may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit and hold his or her employer liable.
We are the personal injury law experts of Central Texas.