Many cities in Pennsylvania are considered “manufacturing magnets,” especially the city of Hanover. Unfortunately, many workers throughout Pennsylvania are injured every year because of the dangers present in the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing jobs rank among the riskiest and most damaging lines of work in the nation. Many manufacturing companies fail to follow safety procedures and fail to provide workers with a safe work environment. The team of experienced attorneys at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC has compiled important information you should know regarding the dangers of manufacturing companies in Pennsylvania.
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, manufacturing 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 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 one of 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 affected 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 included a repetitive stress injury that forced employees to take time away from work—twice the average of any other private industry.
Injured on the Job? Contact Our Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Attorneys
Our Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorneys at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg are 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. We have recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and we can help you too. Get the monetary compensation you need to recover lost wages, medical bills, and financial security by contacting our firm today!
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