By Abner Fletcher | Posted on August 8, 2019, 1:54 PM
Houston’s Fe y Justicia Worker Center has compiled information on rights violations local workers faced in 2018, including health and safety issues, wage theft, and discrimination.
On July 29, two contract workers died at Wisdom High School after falling into a mobile fertilizer tank.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011 Texas saw 433 fatal occupational injuries. By 2012, the number had increased to 536.
Since then, Texas has hovered around that number — with a peak of 545 in 2016 and dipping back down to 534 in 2017 — both of which top the list for the nation in those years.
The causes of death range from falls, to heatstroke, to injuries caused by equipment, to exposure to dangerous chemicals and substances.
This year, the Houston-based Fe y Justicia Worker Center compiled information on rights violations local workers faced in 2018, including health and safety issues, wage theft, and discrimination.
In the audio above, the organization’s Jessica Lorena Rangel discusses their report and outlines the kinds of cases the center regularly sees that might contribute to the state’s high accident and fatality numbers.