AUSTIN – Hundreds of advocates, friends, family members and construction workers took to the streets of Austin Wednesday afternoon marching from the Federal Building at 8th Street and San Jacinto to the Texas State Capitol.
They were armed with a message for state lawmakers regarding improving safety measures for the state’s thousands of construction workers.
“I just think that it's a human rights issue and it's just important for everybody. Everybody should get fair treatment, fair pay across the board,” said Gwen Cubit, a participant in Wednesday’s march.
According to the Worker’s Defense Project, a group advocating for safer working conditions in the construction industry, Texas leads the nation in the number of construction deaths.
“Last time we saw a 100 workers, the year before that 138 workers killed on the job and we just think it's a shame and embarrassment that Texas is the most deadly place for construction workers,” said Cristina Tzintzun with the Workers Defense Project.
One of the things protesters say they want Texas lawmakers to help with are more inspectors who can check out job sites across the state.
Those same advocates told KVUE that in the last legislative session, lawmakers passed measures to make construction worksites more safe and advocates are counting on the Texas House and Senate to do the same in this legislative session.