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Dallas, TX -- More workers die in construction site accidents in Texas than anywhere else in the nation. A Texas worker is 12% more likely to be killed at work than someone doing the same job in another state, and construction workers are 22% more likely to get killed on the job. This accounts for 580 more deaths in Texas than other states over the past decade.
Among the workplace deaths in Texas, 40% were roofers, electricians, and other specialty construction trades. These workers are usually treated as independent contractors, making them responsible for their own safety equipment.
University of Texas professor Thomas McGarity said, "There's a Wild West culture here. We don't want some nanny state telling workers how to work and, by implication, telling employers how to manage the workplace."