Texas holds the unlikely and unwelcome distinction of being the number one state in the country for workplace deaths – even as these incidences are in decline almost everywhere else in the U.S. In a recent year there were over 460 Texas workplace deaths. That means that somewhere in Texas at least one person loses their live every day on the job – and for another third of the year there are 2 workplace deaths daily in the state.
Causes contributing to these wrongful deaths include all of the following:
*Notably lax regulations and oversight. More stringent training and education requirements related to some of the more dangerous jobs could decrease workplace deaths.
*A higher than average number of roadways – with the largest number of workplace deaths occurring while driving on the job.
In light of the alarming statistics the Texas branch of OSHA set up a training center to address workplace safety at the University of Texas in Arlington. Since then an impressive 4500 persons have completed their training instruction. The outcome of this training has yet to be determined as of yet.
In order to bring workplace deaths under control employees – particularly those in dangerous jobs – should attend to their responsibilities with an abundance of caution – saving one life at a time may be the only response to workplace deaths in Texas. It is noteworthy that becuase some wrongful death lawsuits serve to shine a bright light on how an accident occured they can serve to prevent future accidents and make companies safer.