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Rate of nonfatal worker injury incidents in Texas

In 2014, the most recent numbers posted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Texas industries saw 2.6 recordable nonfatal worker injury cases per 100 workers during the year. That is the number for all industries -- some industries had a higher occurrence rate than others.

For example, agriculture and forestry industries saw an incidence rate of 4.6 recordable cases per 100 workers, with the aquaculture and animal product niche seeing the highest number of injuries in that sector. Surprisingly, when compared to those statistics, nonfatal injury rates for mining and gas extraction industries were smaller. That industry saw a rate of 1.6 per 100 workers.

That doesn't mean the number of accidents in the mining and gas extraction industries were lower in number, though. That industry reported 213,112 cases while agricultural industries reported 115,114 cases. It does mean that there are more workers in the gas and mining industries in Texas and that the likelihood of an individual worker being injured seems to be greater in the agriculture industries.

Other industries with rates at 4.0 or higher per 100 employees included food manufacturing, wood product manufacturing, glass and glass product manufacturing, cement manufacturing, motor vehicle parts manufacturing, grocery product wholesaling and air transportation. Air transportation as a whole was especially high with 7.7 recordable cases per 100 employees, but a rate of 9.4 recordable cases per 100 employees might be the highest number and that was for couriers and messengers.

Whether you work in an industry with a high number of recordable cases or not, it is never impossible that you might be injured at work. If you are injured and you believe you are not receiving the compensation, care or consideration required to recovery, consider speaking with an attorney about your case.

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, "Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry and case types, Texas, 2014," accessed March 11, 2016

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