480 people died on the job in the state last year. California had the second most at 301.
Cheryl Abbott with the Labor Bureau says one reason is there’s more construction here, and that’s a dangerous profession. “But in states like California and Nevada and Arizona, it just was decimated. So there were many fewer workers employed and putting in hours in those industries.”
The bureau says highway incidents remained the most frequent fatal workplace event in the State, accounting for 22 percent of job-related fatalities. However, the 104 fatal injuries recorded in 2009 was the lowest number since 1993.
The number of workers killed as a result of falls, common in construction accidents
increased to 75 in 2009, up from 53 in 2008. Work-related homicides accounted for 68 fatalities in Texas in 2009, an increase of 13 from the previous year. The 2009 total includes the 13 victims of the November shooting at Fort Hood.