Hanover a Manufacturing Magnet
During a tour of local businesses in Hanover, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Secretary, Julia Hearthway, described Hanover as a “manufacturing magnet.” The purpose of her tour was to begin a dialogue about how state officials and local manufacturing companies can work together to promote more jobs in Hanover and all of Pennsylvania.
While we support the employment of our machinists, factory workers, and industrial employees, we also know that manufacturing jobs rank among the riskiest and most damaging lines of work in the nation. Our firm celebrates higher employment of our community’s most skilled workers—but not at the cost of their health or their lives.
Below, we discuss how dangerous manufacturing is in comparison to other workplaces.
More Manufacturing Jobs Means More Work Injuries
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest figures, there are around 12.4 million manufacturing workers employed in the U.S. as of July 2017. Of all manufacturing occupations studied, production jobs were the leaders among workplace injuries that required time away from work—the BLS reported 1.15 million injury or illness cases that required time away from work in 2015.
The total number of injuries (excluding illness) in all manufacturing industries is 3.4 million, at a rate of over 3 injuries per 100 workers.
Another report from 2007 (using figures from 2005) found that manufacturing jobs accounted for 21 percent of all injuries and illnesses in the private sector—despite only having 13 percent of the total workforce. More than 1 in 5 workplace injuries took place at a manufacturing job, and nearly half of those were solely in production jobs.
Most Common Manufacturing Workplace Injuries
Sprains and strains are the most commonly reported injuries across the board of all workers’ compensation claims. Manufacturing job injuries are no different, as there were 39,790 cases reported. The runner up was cuts & lacerations, with less than half that number at 14,770. The body parts most effected were the trunk, hands & shoulders.
The data also indicated that repetitive stress injuries were more common in manufacturing jobs than any other sector of the economy. The average number of manufacturing cases where a repetitive stress injury forced an employee to take time away from work was twice the average of any other private industry.
Help for Those Injured at Work or On-The-Job
Our Pennsylvania workers’ compensation team at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg is well-versed in the latest changes to workers’ compensation legislation. Founded in 1922, our firm has been protecting the workers of Pennsylvania for nearly a century. We know what our clients need, and we know what it takes to get a claim approved quickly, effectively, and with minimal obstacles.
If you have been denied Work Comp benefits, don’t give up—we can help you file an appeal and fight for the benefits you deserve. Find out your legal options by calling (888) 498-3023 for a free consultation.