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How do Texas workplace injury rates stack up?

According to the Texas Department of Insurance's Division of Workers' Compensation, Texas saw a year-over-year decrease in nonfatal illnesses and injuries related to the workplace. The agency recently announced the numbers for 2014, which showed a decrease of 0.2 per 100 full-time employees over the 2013 number.

According to the department's announcement, the number of nonfatal illnesses and injuries per 100 full-time employees in 2014 was 2.4. That rate for Texas is below the average rate for the nation, which is 3.2.

Unfortunately, the decline in illnesses and injuries of a nonfatal type were not seen in all industries in Texas. Some industries saw increases in these types of incidents. Education service, utilities and information sectors all saw an increase. When looking at numbers at the sub-sector level, messengers and couriers saw the highest reported rate with 9.4 illnesses or injuries per 100 workers. Though it was the highest rate for subsectors in 2014, the 9.4 rate reflected a slight decrease for messengers and couriers from the 2015 number.

Some subsectors saw marked improvement in nonfatal incidents. The leather and product manufacturing subsector, for example, saw a decline of 70 percent in these types of illnesses and injuries.

While it's great to see statistics indicating positive shifts in many industries in the state, it's also true that accidents and injuries are probably never going to reach a rate of zero. Because of this, workers must understand their rights to safety in the workplace and compensation if an incident does occur. Working with a legal professional if you are denied these rights can help you seek compensation for recovery after a workplace injury.

Source: Insurance Journal, "Rate of Workplace Injury, Illness Dropped in Texas in 2014," Oct. 30, 2015

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