Every day in the United States, around 12 people will lose their lives while doing their job. The fact that most work environments are safer than they have been in the past is of little consolation to the survivors of those who have died due to a workplace injury. Workplace fatalities are almost always preventable, meaning that more should have been done to protect that worker from the injury that caused a fatality.
At Guajardo & Marks, we fight for those families who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of an employer. While no amount of compensation will ever truly fill the void left by their loss, some form of justice can be found by holding an employer responsible for the incredible burden their negligence has placed upon a grieving family.
Workplace Fatalities Statistics in Texas
Workplace fatalities can happen in any sector, though they are more common in some industries than in others. In Texas, the statistics regarding on-the-job deaths shed light on the hazardous conditions that certain types of workers face every day.
- From 2001 to 2014, Texas led the nation in the number of workplace deaths 11 out of 14 years.
- In 2014, the Dallas Morning News found that workers in Texas were 12 percent more likely to die on the job compared to workers in other states.
- They also found that construction workers in Texas were 22 percent more likely to die on the job than workers in other sectors.
- Falling was the leading cause of death in the construction industry, while transportation accidents are listed as the leading cause of death across all workplace fatalities annually in the United States.
Hazardous Industries for Workers
Across a ten-year period, the industries with the highest number of occupational fatalities in Texas were construction, transportation and warehousing; public administration; manufacturing; and retail trade. In the construction industry in Texas, “foundation, structure and building exterior contractors” represented the subcategory with the highest number of fatalities.
The fact that death rates among workers who are considered to be independent contractors is likely no coincidence. Companies that hire workers as independent contractors aren’t held to the same standard of accountability for the safety of the workplace they create, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration does not investigate workplace deaths when they involve independent contractors.
Seeking Justice Through Wrongful Death Claims
When a person dies on the job, surviving family members face a number of financial hardships. In addition to the pain, suffering and mourning that families endure, the loss of a loved one often results in large medical bills, loss of income, funeral bills and other end-of-life costs. Survivors can hold the responsible party accountable for these financial burdens by filing a wrongful death claim, which can help provide relief for these costs.
If your loved one has lost their life on the job, the wrongful death attorneys at Guajardo & Marks will help you fight to protect the interests of your family. We will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of your loved one and provide you with aggressive legal representation to make sure that an employer is held accountable for their negligence. We earn no fee unless we win.