Texas & Louisiana Are Dangerous for Oil & Gas Workers

Arnold & Itkin has offices in both Texas and Louisiana. Among our cases from regions all over the country, most of our clients come from these two states. Where we put our offices reflect where there is a greater need for personal injury attorneys. In short, it’s no accident that our attorneys seem to handle an endless stream of accident cases involving workers from Texas or Louisiana.

However, it’s rare that a study comes out and so clearly validates your choices as an attorney. As reported by the Houston Chronicle, an employment website called Zippia recently published a study that utilized over 20,000 OSHA injury reports in order to rank how dangerous each state was for workers. The findings revealed that both Texas and Louisiana ranked in the top 5 most dangerous states in the country when it came to injury rates—and the most dangerous states period for oil and gas workers.

How the Study Works

Each state was ranked according to three different factors: the number of injury reports divided by the state’s working population, the on-the-job fatalities as recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the accident rate per mile on each state’s roads (to calculate the odds of getting injured during a commute). Each factor was weighed differently, creating an aggregate score that gave the state its overall rank.

For instance, while Texas was 5th in the state overall, it ranked at 11th for overall injury rate—but keep in mind, Texas’ large working population would result in a lower rate (even if they had the most injuries overall). The fact that they came in 11th in the nation is a fairly gruesome “accomplishment.” Wyoming was third for overall danger, but first in the nation for death rate—which, again, would be affected by Wyoming’s relatively small population.

This study was made possible only because of new reporting requirements from OSHA. Beginning in January 2015, formerly exempt employers were required to report every incident involving work-related deaths, hospitalizations, loss of limb, or loss of an eye to OSHA. Prior to that year, employers only had to report incidents where three or more people were hospitalized or killed.

Studies like this are the result of demanding accountability and transparency from employers—and we hope these figures continue to drive all industries toward safer practices. Even if you don’t work in Texas or Louisiana, the study is worth looking at, even if only to find out what the most dangerous industry in your home state happens to be. Montana took the number one spot as the nation’s deadliest state for employees, largely due to its most deadly workplace: sawmills.

If you’ve been injured on the job, it’s vital that you contact an injury attorney to help you understand your case and weigh your options. Call (888) 493-1629 as soon as possible for a free consultation.

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