Mike Pierce filed a lawsuit on behalf of nineteen workers injured when a tent used as a rallying point collapsed during a violent storm on May 27, 2014. The workers suffered serious injuries including injuries to the head, spine and various other body parts when the tent collapse due to high winds and flying debris. Several workers were struck by portions of the tent or debris and others were trampled as people frantically attempted to flee as the collapsed. PCSB sued the company who owned the plant which was under construction, claiming that the company failed to ensure that the workers were provided with a safe work place.
These cases are another example of workplace safety problems in Texas. As we have discussed in previous blog posts, workplace accidents are on the rise. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently found that between 2003 and 2013, 200 out of 230 accidents in steelworker facilities were due to safety violations. In total, approximately 3 million people were injured in the workplace in 2012 and more than 4,300 of those injuries resulted in fatalities.