Houston workers should take heart in the realization that overall, workplace deaths are steadily decreasing. Just 40 years ago, there were 14,000 American workers killed at work. As of January 2017, that number had declined to approximately 5,000.

The implementation of more safety regulations has undoubtedly lowered the death rate for workers in many dangerous industries. However, one high-risk industry has not seen a decline in on-the-job fatalities — the construction industry.

The industry continues to climb up from its bottom during the most recent recession peak, and the fatal accident rate is rising as well. Just three years ago in 2015, 937 construction workers died of injuries they suffered on job sites. This figure was the highest it has been since 2008.

Companies have the duty to keep their workers safe while on the job. If you are a Houston construction worker, you have to be proactive about safety as well. If you see a dangerous condition on the job site, report it to your foreman or the safety man on the job site.

If you wind up injured, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal job site accident, you may be able to seek compensation by filing a claim for damages. In the latter case, survivors may decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Doing so can provide a measure of comfort to grieving family members who have lost their family’s primary wage-earner. Nothing can erase the pain of losing your loved one or bring them back, but a settlement or court judgment can ease your financial concerns.