A workplace fatality is always devastating. If someone you love suffered a fatal injury at work, the emotional blow alone is tremendous. What makes matters even worse is if you relied on their income. Now, your future may be thrown in turmoil as well. Houston is a city familiar with the after-effects of fatal work injuries. The United States Department of Labor reports 27 workplace deaths in the Houston area during 2017. Employers were held responsible to varying degrees for these deaths; some were fined in excess of $200,000, while some did not pay anything.
If you suffered a loss because of a job-related fatality in Texas, one of your first very practical questions might be about compensation. It is wise to discuss your questions with an experienced Houston workplace accident attorney. Recovering damages for your loss typically involves showing that the company was at least partially responsible. At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our lawyers understand what it takes to hold people accountable and secure relief following a workplace injury; so you and your family have the best possible chance of recovering.
To schedule a free, no-risk consultation, contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C. online or call (281) 283-8500 today.
Workplace Fatalities: Houston 2017
The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration, a subset of the Department of Labor, keeps track of reported workplace fatalities. The OHSA has reported 27 deaths at the workplace in Houston during 2017. The accidents leading to the fatalities had a variety of causes, including:
- Falls from scaffolding;
- Falls from the roof;
- Being crushed under a vehicle or equipment;
- Inhalation of toxic fumes; and
Some of the investigations into the fatalities have been concluded, with the companies ordered to pay various amounts of compensation. The highest fine, doled out against Genan Inc., was over $204,000. Some companies, on the other hand, were not even issued a citation for the death of their employees.
What Accidents Cause the Most Fatal Work Injuries?
Falls were the most common cause of workplace fatalities in Houston in 2017. Of the 27 deaths reported at work by the OHSA, 12 were caused by falling. Employees most commonly fell off of scaffolding, or the roof. The second most frequent cause of death in the workplace was injuries caused by crushing. Six Houston employees died from their injuries in 2017 after being crushed by a vehicle or equipment. Three workers perished after medical emergencies at work; one from a heart attack, one from head injuries after collapsing, and one from wasp stings. Two workers were killed through electrocution, and one drowned in a flooded basement.
Professions Where Workplace Fatalities Are More Likely
Falls and crush injuries were the cause of a significant majority of 2017 workplace fatalities in Houston. These types of injuries are commonplace in industries that utilize heavy equipment or machinery, such as construction and landscaping. This is consistent with the national numbers reported by the OHSA; the most worker deaths over the last 21 months have occurred in the industries of highway construction, roofing, and landscaping.
Talk to a Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
Suffering the loss of a loved one in a work accident can cause you no shortage of difficulty. In addition to pain and suffering, you may have lingering medical costs and a diminished ability to provide for your family. Receiving compensation may ease the burden caused by lost wages and medical bills. To see whether you’re entitled to recover damages following a fatal work injury, contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C.
Our attorneys know what it takes to obtain the financial relief you need and deserve. Fighting a legal battle is probably the last thing on your mind following a fatal workplace injury. Luckily, we can focus on the legality, so that you can focus on more important things.
Fill out the online form, or call (281) 283-8500, to schedule your free consultation with a Houston workplace accident attorney today.