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Texas Leads the Nation in Construction Deaths

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on June 20, 2013

In Texas, one in every 13 workers is employed in the state’s $54 billion-per-year construction industry. But even though construction boosts Texas’ economy, a recent study shared that Texas’ construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries in the nation.

1 in every 5 Texas construction workers will require hospitalization because of work-related injuries, and more construction workers die in Texas than in any other state, according to an Austin-based Workers Defense Project and University of Texas study. With 10.7 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2010, Texas construction workers died at twice the rate as those in California. That’s compared with the U.S. rate of 8.8 in that same year.

Just one story of a Texas construction accident ending in a fatality is that of 48-year-old Angel Hurtado. He was an undocumented roofer who died at an Austin warehouse site that had fallen behind schedule. He fell 20 feet to a concrete floor, hitting his head on a girder as he fell. The subcontractor promised to pay the family for Angel’s funeral, but the family never heard anything from him, and he never returned the family’s calls.

Texas construction accidents usually can be avoided and often occur due to the negligence of someone else. If you or a loved one were the victim of a Texas construction accident, you deserve compensation for your physical and emotional trauma. Contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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