Sadly, each year, more than 4,000 workers are killed on-the-job in the United States, with almost 500 employees in Texas dying in workplace accidents.
With this in mind, recently the Houston Chronicle had a story about an interactive map put together by researchers indicating where exactly U.S. workers are being killed. “[P]eople might be surprised at the diversity of industries where this occurs,” said Texas-based researcher Celeste Monforton, who participated in the project, according to the Chronicle.
In 2014, those killed in Texas included gas station clerks, security guards, firefighters and police officers, in addition to construction and oil workers, the newspaper reported. To view the map, you can click here. The data was compiled using information from the National Council of Occupational Safety & Health (COSH), the Construction Center for Research and Training, the United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities, NENY COSH, Massachusetts COSH and Global Worker Watch.
Unfortunately, the most common causes of workplace fatalities are:
- Fires and explosions
- Transportation accidents
- Accidents involving objects and equipment
- Falls, slips and trips
- Exposure to harmful substances and/or environments
Family Member Died in a Workplace Accident–What Are My Rights?
As we reported last week in a blog post about a man who died in a warehouse accident, through a wrongful death lawsuit, or potentially a third party or workers’ compensation claim, you may be able to hold a neglectful employer liable if your loved one has died.
It is incredibly important to speak to an attorney who is familiar with not only basic injury law, but also employment injury law, immediately following an accident. While it may be difficult for you in the aftermath of a death to seek guidance, it can be significant, as an attorney can help you preserve evidence and conduct an independent investigation into the incident, aside from the one that may be brought forth by a state or federal agency.
Our Austin workplace accident lawyer provides families with compassionate council. We understand the difficulty that follows a fatal on-the-job accident, and how it can be hard to deal with insurance representatives and mandated government investigators.
The Law Offices of Aaron Allison – Austin Personal Injury Attorney