People are hurt and killed on the job every day. In Texas, the risk of sustaining a workplace injury is especially high, as Texas was ranked number one in the country for fatal occupational injuries. Whether your job involves transportation, construction, or agricultural work, there is a very good chance that you could be injured on the job at some point during your career. The Houston workplace accident lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can help you gain compensation if this ever happens.
To find out how you can obtain a financial compensation for your injuries, call (281) 283-8500 today.
Common Fatal Occupational Injuries
Employees have a right to expect that their employer will take reasonable measures to ensure safety. However, businesses often fail to act with caution, resulting in devastating accidents. In a job that requires manual labor, the list of injuries that can be sustained is endless. However, there are certain harmful events that are more common than others. These include, but are not limited to:
- Slipping, tripping, or falling on an object or material that presented an unexpected obstacle
- Transportation incidents, such as when a truck driver is involved in a collision that is caused by faulty hardware or a lack of mechanical upkeep
- Fires and explosions
- Being exposed to environments and substances that are harmful
- Coming into contact with a heavy and dangerous object
- Violence that is initiated by another person or animal
Comparing Texas and Nationwide Statistics for Occupational Fatalities
In 2015, the United States saw a total of 4,936 fatalities caused by workplace accidents. Of these fatalities, 527 occurred in Texas, making the Lone Star state the most dangerous place to work in the country. When looked at as a total number of fatalities per 100,000 full-time workers, the occupational fatality rate for Texas was 4.5 compared to the national average of 3.4. California, Florida, and New York, had rates that were equal to 2.2, 3.1, and 2.7, respectively.
Interestingly, the category in which the most fatalities occurred was transportation, with 238 people being killed in 2015 alone. The next closest state for this category was California, with a death toll of about 150. The reason for this high occurrence likely has to do with the fact that Texas has nearly 130,000 active trucking companies, the second most in the nation. Roadways are dangerous when they are crowded. Additional statistics for occupational fatalities in Texas and across the country include:
- Number of Texas employees who were killed in slip and fall accidents at work in 2015: 86
- Number of Texas employees who were killed in fires or explosions in 2015: 13
- Number of Texas employees who were killed by coming into contact with large objects: 72
- Number of Texas employees who were killed because of violence: 76
How The Krist Law Firm, P.C. Can Protect Your Rights
While many people are killed in work-related events, thousands more sustain injuries that present serious challenges. If you were hurt in an occupational incident, you may understand this struggle all too well. If you broke a bone or developed a chronic condition, you may not be able to return to work. It may also be difficult to keep up with the cost of medical bills and household expenses, even with the funds provided by workers’ compensation. The dedicated Houston workplace accident attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. know that you deserve to be given compensation for your losses.
Call (281) 283-8500 now to see how you can take legal action.