Texas employers recorded 495 fatal occupational injuries last year, compared to 440 fatalities in 2004, a 12.5 percent increase, according to a newly released annual report from the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC).
That statewide spike in fatalities runs counter to the national trend. Workplace fatalities in the entire United States totaled 5,702 last year, which is about 1 percent less than the 5,764 deaths reported in 2004.
Transportation incidents caused the most occupational fatalities in Texas, causing 200 deaths last year. That's a 3 percent increase from 2004. Workplace deaths resulting from assaults and violent acts totaled 67, up from 54 the prior year.
The DWC releases fatality counts annually to help promote occupational safety.