The number of on-site construction fatalities in Texas in recent years
has increased enough to prompt an investigation by the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA). In 2003 there were 110 construction
deaths in Texas. In 2007 there were 144, and more than half of those killed
OSHA plans to send additional inspectors to Texas to strengthen education
and enforcement of safety regulations. Construction sites should expect
unannounced visits from inspectors. Though the number of inspectors and
other details have yet to be divulged, the scuttlebutt is that up to two
dozen extra inspectors will descend upon Texas this summer. There are
allegedly about 77 regular inspectors in Texas.
The nonprofit Workers Defense Project, based in Austin, Texas, has been
lobbying for OSHA to step up its regulations and oversight. The advocacy
group has received numerous worker complaints regarding construction site
dangers and poor safety measures.