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Texas is number 1 in construction worker deaths

The Workers Defense Project stated that 585 construction workers died in Texas from 2007 to 2011 while on the job. According to this figure, the number of deaths is almost twice the number of deaths that occurred in California during the same period.

One of the things that some attribute the number of deaths to the fact that Texas does not require safety training. However, many business owners require this training in an effort to increase safety. Many experts feel that owners who fail to provide training to reduce workplace injuries are cutting corners. Those business owners who do require safety training feel that the cost is minimal in comparison with the benefits.

According to research into the subject, most workplace deaths involve falls, electrocution, strikes from an object or getting caught in between or in objects. Despite such a high ratio of workplace injuries that result in death, the state has a low rate of OSHA investigators. Many companies have multiple workplace accident injuries or deaths that were never the subject of an investigation.

Another problem that safety experts report is insufficient rest breaks, even during the hottest days of summer. The Workers Defense Project reported that 39 percent of construction workers only took a lunch break. Many workers who complained about unsafe conditions experienced retaliation.

Workers' compensation may be necessary when a worker experiences a workplace accident. A head injury or back injury has the potential to cause a lot of missed work time. Injured workers not only have to cope with lost wages but might also worry about what type of medical care they will receive. Contacting an attorney about workers' compensation benefits may be a good option.

Source: NewsWest9.com, "NewWest9.com", Alicia Neaves, December 11, 2014

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