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Texas is No. 1 for Fatal Work Accidents in the U.S.

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Work accidents that cause injuries and fatalities are an unfortunate truth in the U.S. At times, unexpected accidents occur, which no one could have foreseen or prevented. In many cases, though, work-related accidents are caused by one or more people’s negligence, and when one person gets careless at work, many people’s lives are put in jeopardy.

Every year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) gathers data on workplace accidents, injuries, and fatalities, which it then breaks down by various factors, including industries, sectors, professions, and states. In 2016, Texas had the highest number of fatal work accidents in all U.S. states.

If you lost a loved one in a workplace accident recently, you should speak a knowledgeable and experienced Houston workplace accident lawyer at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. You can contact us online or call (281) 283-8500 to schedule a free, initial consultation. We will listen to your story and advise you on whether your family may have a wrongful death claim against your loved one’s employer or another party.

Fatal Work Accidents in Texas

In 2016, the BLS recorded 545 fatal workplace accidents in Texas. Of those who were killed while on the job, 509 were men and 36 were women. Most were between the ages of 34 and 64, with the highest number of deaths occurring in those 45 to 54 years old. The age groups least affected by workplace fatalities were those between 18 and 19 years old and 20 to 24 years old.

The events that caused these deaths were:

  • Transportation accidents: 244
  • Falls, slips, trips: 90
  • Contact with objects and equipment: 75
  • Violence and other injuries from persons or animals: 74
  • Exposure to harmful substances or environments: 50
  • Fires and explosions: 10

Industries Most Impacted by Fatal Work Acccidents

Private industry experienced more work-related deaths at 483 than the government sector, which had 62 fatalities. Within the private industry, construction suffered 133 losses. The construction industry is typically among the most dangerous industries in the country. It is also part of a broader category of goods-producing industries, which altogether had 223 fatalities.

Behind the construction industry, trade, transportation, and utilities suffered 132 losses, most of which were in transportation and warehousing. All professional and business services lost 69 workers, leisure and hospitality lost 20, education and health services lost 11, financial services lost nine, and the information industry had six fatalities.

Common Construction Accidents

Throughout the nation, the most common construction accidents that lead to injuries and deaths include:

  • Falls from structures and scaffolding
  • Trip and falls
  • Being struck by vehicles or construction equipment
  • Electric shock and fatal electrocution
  • Fires and explosions

These common accidents belong to what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) call the “Fatal Four.” In 2016, 38.7 percent of work deaths were from falls, 9.4 percent of fatalities were from being struck by an object, 8.3 were due to electrocution, and 7.3 deaths arose from caught in or between incidents.

Because these types of incidents are so common for construction workers, businesses should be well aware of the importance of preventing these accidents and protecting workers. If you believe your loved one was killed in one of these or another accident because of their employer’s or another party’s negligence, call us at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. immediately.

Your Family’s Rights After Losing Someone in a Work Accident

If you lost a parent, spouse, or child in a work-related accident in Texas, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to listen to your case and discuss your legal rights. If your loved one’s employer carried workers’ compensation insurance, your family might be entitled to death and burial benefits. However, if your loved one’s employer did not provide workers’ comp coverage, or another party caused their death, then you may have a legal claim.

To discuss your legal options after losing a relative in a fatal work accident, contact our legal team at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. online or by calling (281) 283-8500 for a free and confidential consultation.