According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the US in 2019, there were 2,814,000 total recordable cases of non-fatal injuries and illnesses in private industry. According to the Texas Department of Insurance, Texas remains below the national average for non-fatal workplace injury and illness reporting. In 2019 nationally, there were 2.8 reported accidents and/or illnesses per 100 workers and in Texas there were 2.1 per 100 workers. But it’s likely those numbers are actually higher. It’s common for workers not to report injuries for fear of retaliation by their employer.
Life has an element of danger to it and so do the jobs we do during the course of our lives. That sometimes leads us to minimize our workplace related illnesses and injuries. But workers face greater risks when employers don’t have in place and follow safety protocols.
After an on-the-job injury or illness, you or a loved one might be very confused and stressed. Our personal injury lawyers at Jim Adler & Associates are here to help make this challenging time easier. We’re a family law firm with over three decades of experience, so let our family help your family. Give us a call today at 1-800-505-1414 or fill out our free case review form.
Danger on the job
As for occupations, statewide, the highest rate of fatalities per occupation is for driver/sales workers and truck drivers, which accounted for 47% of the state’s total fatal injury count. And things are getting worse for Texans – many occupations saw increases in the number of fatal incidents from 2018 to 2019. Construction and extraction had the largest increase in number of incidents and accounted for 22%. Building, grounds cleaning and maintenance had the largest percent increase from 2018 to 2019, a 188% increase. Transportation and material moving also increased and accounted for 33% of all fatal work injuries statewide. In 2019, in the private and public sector, there were 608 fatal occupational (work-related) injuries in Texas, a 25% increase from 2018. According to that same data, the industries with the highest number of fatal work injuries were:
Other dangerous professions in Texas include:
- Ground maintenance
- First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
- Aircraft workers
- Sanitation workers
- Mining and extraction
Houston, Sugar Land and the Woodlands
The Port of Houston presents an entirely different category of dangerous jobs that are critical to the local economy. For those who work in maritime and logistics, circumstances can be difficult and involve heavy equipment. Longshoremen, dock workers, truck drivers, and pilots know that they face the risk of serious injury or death every single day.
Some of the most dangerous jobs in the port of Houston include:
- Hand laborers and material movers (hand laborers and material movers manually move freight, stock, or other materials)
- Truck and tractor operators
- Longshoremen (work in the docks, loading and unloading ships)
- Harbor Pilots (mariner who guides ships through dangerous or congested waters, such as harbors and ports)
According to federal data, some other dangerous jobs in the Houston, Sugar Land and Woodlands area include:
- Goods and service producing
- Trade, transportation and utilities
If you or a loved one becomes ill, injured or has died because of workplace related activities, call a personal injury lawyer.
Unfortunately, employers retaliate often, which is why workers can hesitate to make a claim or inform a superior at their workplace. Workers in Texas might be able to receive compensation if they are injured or made ill as a result of a company’s failure to abide by certain safety measures, regardless of whether they are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. That’s because in Texas employers are not required to have workers’ compensation coverage and that leaves them open to lawsuits from injured or ill employees or former employees.
However, if your employer does have workers’ compensation insurance, then you should absolutely file a claim if you were hurt or got sick on the job. Employers often end up firing injured or ill employees, anyway, regardless of whether they filed the claim. Undocumented injured workers are also protected under Texas’ workers’ compensation law.
Don’t try to manage your work-related accident or illness alone. If you or a loved one have been injured on the job in the Houston area you should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options and fight for a fair settlement for your on-the-job injury or illness.
If your on-the-job injury or illness happened in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio or anywhere else in Texas – the team at Jim Adler & Associates has the experience you need. Contact us at 1-800-505-1414 or fill out our free case review form and we will get in touch with you.