Texas is Home to Deadliest American Workplaces

by Edward W. Allred on 02/15/2013

A worker in Midland, Texas works in one of the deadliest environments in the United States, with a fatality rate of 85.53 worker deaths per 1 million population.  In fact, Texas is home to 2 of the deadliest cities for American workers.  Apart from Midland, the Beaumont-Port Arthur region is also one of most dangerous workplaces for American workers.  Here, the fatality rate is approximately 35.85 fatalities per 1 million people.

According to this infographic, Texas cities do not even appear on the list of the safest cities in the country for workers.  The safest city for American workers is the Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville metropolitan region in California, where the worker fatality rate is about 5.97 per million population.

The infographic titled Deadliest and Safest Cities to Work In presents a disturbing picture of the workplace safety scene in Texas.  The infographic finds that small cities, whose economy is built around a specific industry, are much more likely to see heavy worker fatalities.  For instance, the oil industry is the predominant industry in the Midland and Beaumont areas.  This has traditionally been an industry that Texas workplace injury lawyers have had major concerns with.  Some of Texas's biggest and most devastating industrial accidents, including the BP Texas City refinery explosion that killed 15 workers, have occurred in this sector.  

Other cities featured in the list of deadliest cities for workers included Mount Vernon in Washington, and New Orleans. These American cities also have their economies built around specific industries, like the maritime industry in Louisiana and construction in Washington.  Therefore, the fatality rate in these cities is also high.

Our firm, Watts Guerra Craft, has handled some of the largest and most significant oil and gas cases in the country. If you need advice or legal assistance, contact us now.

Tags: Oil and Gas Refinery Explosions, Workplace Injury, Texas

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