Why The Texas Construction Industry Is So Dangerous
There are many things about Texas that makes the state unique. In addition to being known as a business-friendly state, Texas is also home to a booming construction industry that employs thousands of Texan workers. Unfortunately, the construction boom came with substantial risks.
The Construction Industry In Texas
The construction industry in Texas is shaped by several trends. First, Texas is one of only two states that does not require employers to subscribe to workers compensation. At first, it might seem that not subscribing to workers compensation is a big risk, but it’s one that pays off big for companies. Workers compensation not only compensates injured workers, it also protects employers from litigation. However, because most workers are unaware of their rights, lawsuits against construction companies are few and far between. You might think companies would be in trouble if their workers get injured, but there is no shortage of construction workers in Texas. Employers have no incentive to provide workers compensation or keep workers adequately protected.
This has led to a lax safety culture across the state. Regardless of whether or not an employer subscribes to workers compensation, they are still required to meet certain safety standards. Employers must provide all safety equipment and necessary safety training workers need to stay safe on the job. Unfortunately though, the Occupational Safety and Health Organization or OSHA, the agency charged with policing employers for safety violations, lacks the manpower to investigate most workplaces for violations. There are only 2,200 OSHA inspectors charged with protecting over 130 million workers across the United States. With so many workers and too few inspectors, it’s easy for employers in violation of federal safety standards to be overlooked.
This translates into more construction accidents and injuries. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Texas had more construction accidents in 2016 than any other state. Texas is one of the largest states in the country, so it’s natural the state would have more construction accidents and deaths than smaller states, but on average, a construction worker in Texas is 12% more likely to be killed on the a construction job than workers in other states performing the exact same job.
Every Worker Is Entitled To A Safe Workplace
Every worker is entitled to a reasonably safe workplace. All employers are responsible for their employees’ safety. Unfortunately, many employers cut corners and rely on workers’ lack of knowledge about their rights. This is wrong, and construction companies need to be held accountable.
Construction Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you love was injured in a construction accident in Texas, do not wait to contact Dax F. Garza, P.C. today for a free consultation with one of our construction accident attorneys. We can explain your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf.