Hispanic Fatal Occupational Injuries in Texas
Fatal Occupational Injuries in Texas
For over five years now, Texas has continuously placed first as the state with the highest number to fatal occupational injuries in the United States. In 2018, Texas reported a total of 488 fatal occupational injuries to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. The graphs below further break down the statistics.
The graph below demonstrates the alarming comparison between the overall fatal occupational accidents in Texas and the Hispanic population. Although the total number of occupational fatal injuries in Texas appears to be decreasing, the fatalities pertaining to Hispanics tend to remain rather steady. In 2016, from a total of 545 deaths, 211 were attributed to Hispanics. This is equivalent to 38% of the accidents. In 2017, there was a small decrease in the total fatalities in Texas with the total number being 534. Nonetheless, Hispanics made up 41% of the total deaths. In 2018, over 40% of the total of deaths were allocated to Hispanic victims.
Why are Individuals Suffering Workplace Injuries?
According to Build A Better Texas, the three highest industries where these workplace accidents occur have been the same since 2015 — transportation, material moving, and construction occupations are the top sectors. The top reasons for these accidents are the following:
- Dangerous working conditions: A recent survey showed that 1 in every 5 construction workers had reported suffering a workplace accidents that required medical attention. Additionally, 60% of the workers surveyed had never even had basic safety training.
- Lack of employment benefits: Over 70% of the surveyed individuals claimed having little to zero employment benefits. Moreover, almost 80% pointed out their lack of health insurance provider.
- Denied legal protection: Asides from having to deal with not being paid on time — or ever — surveyed individuals explained they were hired as independent contractors rather than full employees. This allows the company to not give the employee the required employee benefits.
What Can You Do If You Suffer An Injury?
It is imperative to know your rights. If you suffer an accident at your workplace you must be careful of anything you sign. If you feel like you are being treated unfairly or rushed through the system, contact the lawyers Erick Pines and Stephen Goldenzweig by calling 713-489-4410 or 713-766-0000 for Spanish assistance. Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC have over 20 years of experience helping victims like you have their voices heard and their rights protected. You can access the website www.ayudaenaccidentes.com where you will find step-by-step instructions on what to do when facing an accident.