The construction industry is inherently dangerous, but some states are worse than others for workers. In fact, the construction industry is the single most dangerous industry in the United States. Some of the top states for injuries and accidents within the construction industry are North Dakota (leading the pack), Wyoming, West Virginia, Alaska, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas. Why are these states more dangerous than others? There are numerous factors that must be considered, including failure to comply to safety protocols, under trained workers, and booming industries that are pushing the limits of workers. Many of the states on this list – North Dakota, Alaska, and Texas, namely – have been fueled by the recent oil boom, and unfortunately many construction accidents take place on oil sites.
Individuals who work in construction, mining, and oil are at a high risk of being injured, or worse, every single day they go to work. Currently, Louisiana is the 4th and Texas is the 5th most dangerous state to work in. There are many reasons for this, but the nature of the work that must be completed is why the construction industry is inherently dangerous. People who work at construction sites are exposed to hazardous working conditions day in and day out, putting them at risk of being injured by a fall, machinery malfunction, structural collapse, or vehicle accident. In Texas, many of the accidents that take place occur in work zones on the busy highways. Three out of 100 work zone fatalities involve a construction or maintenance worker, and a shocking 144 Texas drivers and passengers died in construction work zones in 2014. This is compared to just four drivers and passengers that died in New York work zones.
How to Stay Safe in Construction Zones
Being alert and paying attention to your surroundings is one of the main ways to stay safe while in a construction zone, whether you are a worker, bystander, or operating a vehicle. From the construction end of things, every project should have a management plan in place that includes proper safety steps and ways to prevent any type of accident from occurring. For the general public, it is imperative you slow down when in a construction work zone, never drive while under the influence, and pay extra attention to your surroundings. The above will help prevent these types of accidents from taking place, which will also reduce the number of injuries and fatalities we see within the construction industry.
At Shamieh Law, we represent victims of construction accidents and their families. Because both Texas and Louisiana are among the top five most dangerous states for construction workers, we have helped countless individuals seek compensation for their injuries. Within the construction sector, oil and gas support are the riskiest jobs any worker can do. If you have been involved in a construction accident in either Texas or Louisiana, please contact Shamieh Law today. We not only understand what you are going through, but have the tools and resources to represent you and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries or damages. Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Texas construction accident lawyers.