A Sept. 15 explosion during renovations in a rental home on Shady Glen Drive injured two workers in the kitchen. The two men had been using lacquer thinner to strip glue from the floor when an unknown ignition source ignited the lacquer fumes. The resulting explosion injured both men and started a fire that severely damaged the vacant Waco home. The exact cause of the incident is being investigated by officials.
Construction work is dangerous work. But construction work in Texas is more dangerous than it should be. There are numerous factors that lead to the higher than expected death toll from construction workplace accidents, ranging from no requirement for workers' compensation to the increasing use of independent contractors, which greatly reduces the potential liability to the general contractor.