American employment still isn’t as safe as it should be. It’s shocking that 150 workers die every day in America.
Remember what happened before unions existed? Building railroads was hazardous work back in the 1800s.
And if you got injured, or even died while on the job, that was your problem. The railroad took no responsibility at all. It didn’t help your surviving family members.
Unions may get a bad rap today. But they still do good things and have a clear and strong case for their existence.
Despite the fact that working conditions have greatly improved, and that companies for the most part take much more responsibility for their workers, about 150 workers still die each day in the United States. That comes to 4,585 each year. This data comes from a 2015 report released by the AFL-CIO: Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect. Behind accidents, the number two cause of death during employment in the US is “workplace violence,” which caused 773 deaths!
So in terms of safety, we as a nation still have quite a bit of work to do.
Deadliest States in the United States
What causes death among American workers? First, here’s the deadliest states:
- North Dakota (for the third year in a row) – 14.9 deaths per 100,000 workers
- Wyoming – 9.5
- West Virginia – 8.6
- Alaska – 7.9
- New Mexico – 6.7
What kinds of work do employees do in these states do that puts them at risk? In North Dakota, 56 workers died. Mining, oil, and gas extraction happen in abundance up there, and that’s precisely the deadliest sector to work in. Construction accidents came in second place.
Texas Businesses Don’t Like to Support Employees That Get Injured or Die on the Job
The same AFL-CIO report also notes that 7.6 – 11.4 million job-related injuries and illnesses happen each year.
Can you guess which is the only state in the nation that doesn’t require employers to carry workers’ compensation?
If you guessed our very own Texas, you guessed right! Every other state in the nation requires employers to carry workers’ compensation.
However, the sad truth is that even though it exists in other states, many times the insurers still end up not paying for things they should. But in Texas, you have an added level of challenge stacked against you when you get injured, or if your loved one dies on the job.
Since employers are not required to carry workers’ comp, and it can cost them a fair sum of money to have it, what do you think they most often choose to do?
If You’re Outraged, You Should Be
We agree, the system’s stacked against workers. But, it’s the system we have here in Texas. So, you have to deal with it as it is.
And, the good thing is, injury attorneys only charge when you win. You pay nothing up front. So, you can get the very best legal representation even if you don’t have any money for a Dallas work injury lawyer.
Shane V. Mullen is an attorney licensed by the State of Texas for the general practice of law, and the Managing Partner at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm in Dallas, TX. His firm focuses exclusively on personal injury law and has been in business for 40 years. Before becoming a lawyer, Shane worked for his father as an accident injury claims investigator.