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Booming Industry in Houston Means Greater Hazards for Workers

Thursday marks 25 years since nearly two dozen workers died and 300 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. […]

Thursday marks 25 years since nearly two dozen workers died and 300 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.

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