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How to Improve Safety for Texas Construction Workers

Worker’s Defense Fund, a Texas organization “working to address workplace abuse faced by low-wage workers,” says Texas is the most dangerous state to work in for construction — with the highest fatality rate in the country. Their 2016 study, The Price of Inaction, says “every day, at least 15 workers become ill or are seriously […]

Houston Matters microphonesWorker’s Defense Fund, a Texas organization “working to address workplace abuse faced by low-wage workers,” says Texas is the most dangerous state to work in for construction — with the highest fatality rate in the country.

Their 2016 study, The Price of Inaction, says “every day, at least 15 workers become ill or are seriously injured on Texas construction sites,” and that “a construction worker is killed in the state every three days.”

Rice Design Alliance’s magazine CITE used data from this organization for an article to dig in to construction worker woes, which also include payroll fraud and low wages and asked what could be done to change the situation.

We learn more from Allyn West, assistant director of The Rice Design Alliance, and Chuck Gremillion, executive director of C3, a.k.a. the Construction Career Collaborative, a self-described alliance of “socially responsible” owners and contractors.

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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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