Texas businesses have a responsibility to protect customers and employees from unsafe environments all year, but there are certain workplace hazards that are specific to the winter. It is essential to maintain a focus on workplace safety even as the holidays result in a large increase in customer traffic. Many retail businesses see a spike in sales in the fourth quarter, which can result in hazardous shop floors for customers. Warehouses also face a significant upturn in demands, which often result in pallet-racking systems that are too full for safe use.
In 2013, 20 percent of all worker deaths across the United States occurred in the construction industry, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Many of these deaths involved contract workers, and it is important to understand that OSHA regulations hold both primary contractors and subcontractors responsible for any safety violations that lead to a worker's injury or death. In fact, in addition to documenting the deaths of contract workers each month, the agency often publishes the citations and fines employers were issued for worker injuries, deaths or endangerments.