The latest data we have for fatal work injuries in Pennsylvania comes to us from 2019 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers reflected in the 2019 study are based on figures from 2017, but the data regarding common injuries has been fairly consistent over the last few years. In 2017, there were 172 fatal work injuries in Pennsylvania, up from 163 in 2016.
Fatal work accidents in Pennsylvania were divided up by five categories:
- Transportation incidents (35%)
- Contact with objects or equipment (20%)
- Violence by persons or animals (16%)
- Exposure to harmful substances or environments (15%)
- Other (14%)
It’s worth noting that while Pennsylvania has a lower rate of transportation accidents, our state has a higher rate of accidents involving contact with objects or equipment and exposure to harmful substances. Contact with objects or equipment include accidents involving falling debris, falling equipment, equipment collapses, or equipment pinning or crushing workers between surfaces.
Exposure to harmful substances includes any kind of exposure to dangerous chemicals, but these accidents can occur in a wide variety of industries. Railroads, oil and gas refineries, construction, and manufacturing all come with risk of toxic exposure.
Speak with a Pennsylvania Work Accident Attorney
In all of these accidents, the employer has a responsibility to keep workers safe. If an employer fails to maintain equipment, train employees, or provide adequate safety equipment, then they are responsible for the damage that results. At Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC, our job is to hold those employers accountable to fight for what injured workers need while keeping future workers safe.
Speak with our Pennsylvania work injury lawyers today at (888) 498-3023.