Statistics Show Work Related Deaths in Texas Doubled for Contractors

Work related deaths in Texas more than doubled for contractors between 2011 and 2012, according to a recent government report.

The report, “Revisions to the 2012 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) Counts,” by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, found that the number of contractors fatally injured on the job in the United States rose more than 75 percent from 2011 to 2012, from 542 to 715.

In Texas, the number of fatal workplace accidents involving contractors climbed to 119, up from 56 in 2011. Contractors nationwide made up 15.5 percent of all work related deaths in 2012, up from 11.6 percent in 2011, according to the report.

The CFOI maintained its conclusion that there was an overall drop nationwide in work related deaths, but that trend has not proven true in the Texas oil and gas industry. From 2007 to 2011, more oil and gas field service workers and drilling workers accounted for fatal workplace deaths than any other profession in Texas, according to an analysis by the Houston Chronicle.

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