What is the most dangerous job in Texas? Well first let’s answer this question: how dangerous of a place is Texas to work in?
In 2010, Texas composed right at 8% of the U.S. Population. Total work fatalities were 456 people out of the 4,547 fatalities in the U.S. in 2010. So Texas composes roughly 10% of work injury fatalities. Slightly higher than the overall percentage of the U.S. Population. Texas actually ranked to be the state with the highest number of workplace deaths in the U.S. that year. The statistics are somewhat daunting, but where do these injuries come from?
Well with the booming Texas economy, construction came back to almost pre-recession levels of activity. So naturally, transportation and construction jobs compose 138 of the 456 fatalities in Texas work injuries. That’s roughly 30% of total work fatalities in construction, transportation, and extraction jobs.
The New Oil Boom and Work Injuries
Extractions jobs are among the most dangerous in Texas and with the recent oil boom in West Texas, Texans will have to keep careful watch for any injustices that come out of such rapid growth in the oil industry. Time Magazine reports that traffic accidents have risen by 300% since the beginning of the latest oil boom in McCullen County (south of San Antonio). Even more, the industry is projected to make Texas the 9th largest oil producer in the world! Competing with Venezuela, Kuwait, and Iraq.
Over the next few years, we will have to pay attention to statistics and see how this boom relates to the number of workplace injuries in throughout Texas. There might be call for more regulation to keep work environments safe for everyone, but in times of such rapid expansion in a single industry we might not be able to regulate at all.
Here is another factor in Texas law that you need to know before you sign up to take a dangerous but well paying job:
Workers Compensation. In Texas
Did you know that Texas is the only state that doesn’t require private employers to carry workers compensation coverage? An article from the Houston Chronicle found that roughly 60 percent of worker fatalities in Texas are not offered wrongful death benefits or damages by their private employers. Therefore, a significant portion of Texas private employers don’t offer benefits after a work-related injury. In these cases where one is injured or a loved one is killed, the victim or the victims loved ones have to settle the case in court or through negotiation with attorneys and mediators. This is a trying time for all parties involved.
If you or someone you know is in a dangerous job. It’s important that you know your options if you fall victim to an injury. At the McMinn Law Firm we offer free consultations and a dedicated council of attorneys here to fight for your rights and ensure your just compensation. Work injuries and fatalities should be at the forefront when our government is determining the health of a state’s economic activity.