The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently extended the implementation of new rules designed to increase safety among construction workers who are routinely required to enter confined spaces as part of their tasks. However, the extension is only applicable to employers in residential, not commercial, construction. In addition, the OSHA regulations on how employer compliance will be evaluated during the extended enforcement term have caused many Texas workers to express concerns about how well the new regulations protect them.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has recently published its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, and the data reveals that there were 4,679 work-related fatalities in 2014 across the country. This is 2 percent more than the 4.585 fatalities reported the previous year. Workers in Texas might want to learn of the occupations in which most deaths occur from work-related injuries.