Texas Construction Worker Deaths Demand More Attention to Safety

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Houston attorney Brad T. Wyly Lauds Increased Construction Site Safety Inspections

It will help prevent needless deaths and injuries.

Workers need more protection from unsafe construction sites in Texas, and bringing in more federal workplace inspectors is a step in the right direction, a Houston personal injury attorney says.

"More must be done to protect workers and their rights, and I applaud the stepped-up enforcement efforts of OSHA in response to the recent construction worker deaths," said Brad T. Wyly, a Houston attorney who handles worker injury cases against third parties and employers that choose not to carry workers' compensation coverage. "It will help prevent needless deaths and injuries."

A sharp increase in construction-related deaths in Texas - where more workers die than any other state - has caught the attention of federal workplace safety investigators this summer.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced a major construction safety initiative in Texas after three construction workers fell 11 stories to their deaths in June from a collapsed scaffolding in Austin. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has dispatched extra inspectors to the Lone Star state to conduct surprise inspections in a concerted effort to try to reduce injuries and fatalities.

"When these inspectors observe unsafe scaffolds, fall risks, trenches or other hazards, they are empowered to launch an immediate investigation," Secretary Solis said, in announcing the additional inspectors.

In 2008, there were 67 construction industry fatalities in Texas, and there already have been 33 in 2009, the labor department said. The rate of Hispanic fatalities in construction is especially alarming, having increased 125 percent between 1992 and 2005.

"It's unfortunate that Hispanic construction workers are suffering disproportionately as a result of unsafe work sites," Wyly said.

About Wyly Law Firm

The Wyly Law Firm, P.C., based in Houston, is committed to representing people throughout Texas who have suffered a personal injury, workplace accident or vehicle accident or who have a business law issue or dispute.

Attorney Brad T. Wyly, the founder of the firm, is a skilled negotiator and trial lawyer. Wyly has extensive experience in personal injury cases, including claims involving complex accidents, catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths. He was named a Rising Star in Law & Politics magazine in 2005 and 2006.

To contact Wyly Law Firm, P.C., call 713.574.7034, or reach the firm through the electronic contact form at the firm's website: http://www.wylylawfirm.com/ .

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