Workplace fatalities can devastate families who can suffer lasting harm on several different levels following a fatal workplace accident. During 2019, the number of work-related fatalities in Texas rose by 25%. The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation reported that there was a total of 608 workplace fatalities in private and public or governmental sectors during 2019.
Including both public and private sectors, the trade, transportation and utilities industries had the highest number of fatal workplace accidents with a total of 199 accidents; this total represented 33% of all accidents in Texas. A total of 20% of fatal workplace accidents occurred in the construction industry in Texas.
The occupation with the highest number of fatal workplace injuries were driver and sales workers and truck drivers which represented 23% of all fatal workplace injuries. Of the fatal workplace injuries that occurred in 2019, 33% of those killed were over the age of 55 years old.
Help for surviving family members
Workers’ compensation benefits are complex in Texas which is why it is important for surviving family members of loved ones lost in a fatal workplace accident to be familiar with the legal resources and remedies that may be available to them. Death benefits for surviving spouses, dependent children and others may all be available depending on the circumstances. For that reason, it is important for surviving loved ones to know how to navigate the workers’ compensation death benefits process to obtain they benefits they need after the loss of their loved one.