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More died on the job in Texas last year

More died on the job in Texas last year

POSTED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 10:15pm

On-the-job fatalities jumped nearly 23 percent across Texas last year

Fewer workers died on the job last year across the nation, but that wasn't the case in Texas.

On-the-job fatalities jumped nearly 23 percent across the state last year, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nearly all of the increase came from a spike in the number of transportation-related deaths. To read more, head to The Houston Chronicle's website:

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I think one of the things people fail to realize is how deadly fatigue can be when driving. Truckers have to keep logs but other workers are expected to work 10 or 12 hour shifts doing dangerous work. I don't want my ER nurse to be fatigued by a 16 or 20 hour shift.

OSHA has started getting serious with employers who ignore safety. The 2 managers on BP's Deep Water Horizon were both charged with 11 counts of manslaughter. That sends a clear message to other employers.

Hey, we don't need OSHA regulating on-the-job safety...what's a 23% jump in fatalities, anyway...just means folks aren't taking enough personal responsibility for themselves! Besides, they're the working folks, not the ones in the 3-piece suits in the high-rise office buildings...if one of the "worker bee's" fall, we'll just get 3 to replace him/her. Naw, we don't need the govmint in our bidness...folks, OSHA is there to protect worker's safety, to make employers value the lives of the staff.

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