According to the BLS Work Accident Statistics, the leading cause of workplace deaths was motor vehicle accidents. Roughly 40% of workplace deaths occurred in transportation incidents. Other leading causes were fall/slips and trips, deaths from being struck by objects or equipment, and exposure to harmful chemicals.
When the loved passed away in an accident caused by the negligent actions of another person or company, Texas Law establishes what surviving family members may have a right to bring a Wrongful Death Case. Determining whether there the decedent has a will, whether or not the decedent was married and essentially identifying the decedent’s heirs, are all issues that would need to be addressed before filing a Texas Wrongful Death Claim.
Although Attorney Sandoval is not a probate lawyer, he has often assisted clients through the process of setting up an estate for the decedent when there are underlying personal injury cases involved. He understands the emotional and traumatic consequences that survivors undergo following the unexpected death of a loved one. As a Texas wrongful death attorney, he wants to be available to counsel and provide options to consider before choosing the best course of action.
Most Common Work-Related Fatalities
We are sharing this list of most common work-related fatalities that occurred under Federal OSHA and State Plan jurisdiction for cases that have been closed or citations issued on or after January 1, 2017.
It’s important to note that employers must report worker fatalities to OSHA within eight hours. OSHA investigates all work-related fatalities in all covered workplaces.
Hazard Description by OSHA
- Worker on ladder electrocuted when gutter contacted power line
- Worker died in fall from scaffold
- Worker fatally struck by warehouse cart
- Worker fatally struck by vehicle
- Worker fatally struck by machinery that rolled over
- Worker died in fall from ladder
- Worker died in fall from industrial storage rack system
- Worker fatally shot during armed robbery
- Worker fatally crushed when iron stairs fell over
- Worker fatally crushed by rolling tractor
- Worker fatally crushed between elevator car door and gate
- Worker fatally crushed between aerial lift and construction equipment
- Worker electrocuted by contact with power pole
- Worker electrocuted while installing duct work on HVAC system
- Worker died when mobile crane tipped over
Note: OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA was founded in 1970 to help protect American workers.
OSHA requires that Dallas employers:
- Provide safe work areas
- Post warnings for any hazards present at a worksite in relevant languages
- Make sure worksites meet OSHA standards
- Ensure workers have access to the right tools and properly maintained equipment
- Provide safety training in a language that workers understand
Who’s Responsible for the Accidents?
In many cases, it’s companies that are responsible for accidents at industrial sites. See below the list of some of the non-subscriber companies in Dallas, Texas. While the lawyers representing these companies often try to blame workers and supervisors, it’s ultimately the responsibility of the companies to train workers effectively, and provide safety equipment, while making sure all their facilities are well-maintained and safe.
Texas Non-Subscribers Companies
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