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Booming Industry in Houston Means Greater Hazards for Workers

Thursday marks 25 years since nearly two dozen workers died and 300Â more were injured in a series of explosions and a fire at a chemical plant near the Houston Ship Channel. This anniversary of the “Phillips Disaster” reminds us that many jobs which draw people to Houston bring with them a certain degree of […]

Thursday marks 25 years since nearly two dozen workers died and 300Â more were injured in a series of explosions and a fire at a chemical plant near the Houston Ship Channel. This anniversary of the “Phillips Disaster” reminds us that many jobs which draw people to Houston bring with them a certain degree of risk. Industries like oil and gas, construction, and health care are key economic drivers for Greater Houston; what drives them are workers who sometimes face potential hazards on the job.

We examine the health and safety hazards Houston workers in some of our larger industries face.

MORE:Â Boom In Oil Means a Boom in Traffic Deaths (Houston Matters, Sept. 18, 2014)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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