Fatal Workplace Injuries on the Decline in Pennsylvania
It's encouraging news for Pennsylvania workers: The Keystone State saw a slight decrease in fatal workplace injuries in 2014, according to the most recent statistics available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The statistics, released in January, show there were 175 fatal workplace injuries in 2014—eight less than in 2013.
Pennsylvania is bucking the national trend when it comes to fatal workplace injuries. Nationwide, there were 4,679 deadly work injuries recorded in 2014, an increase over 2013's numbers, according to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries program.
Pennsylvania Fatal Work Injuries by the Numbers
Of Pennsylvania's 175 fatal workplace accidents that occurred in 2014, a whopping 60 percent were related to two categories—transportation injuries and those suffered as a result of a worker having contact with equipment.
Here's a breakdown of the fatal injuries reported in 2014:
- 74 were the result of injuries suffered in transportation accidents.
- 29 were the result of a worker making contact with equipment.
- 25 were the result of slips, trips and falls.
- 23 were the result of violence or other injuries.
Transportation-related fatal workplace injuries composed 40 percent of all workplace deaths nationally. In Pennsylvania, though, fatal injuries suffered as a result of a transportation accident made up 42 percent of all workplace deaths.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the most workplace fatalities in 2014—40—were in the construction industry, up from 26 deaths in 2013.
The report noted that in Pennsylvania:
- The second-highest number of fatal workplace injuries in the private sector was in the transportation/warehousing industry.
- Men account for 93 percent of workplace injuries.
- 82 percent of people who died in a workplace accident were white, non-Hispanic men (the national average is 68 percent).
- Workers between the ages of 25 and 54 accounted for 52 percent of workplace fatalities (the national average was 58 percent).
- Of the 175 fatally injured workers in 2014, 76 percent worked for an employer—they were not self-employed.
National Fatal Workplace Injuries by the Numbers
According to national fatal workplace injury statistics:
- Trips, slips and falls accounted for 17 percent of workplace injury deaths.
- Violence accounted for 16 percent of workplace injury deaths.
- Contact with equipment accounted for 15 percent of workplace deaths.
The workers' compensation attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates have represented thousands of injured workers over the last three decades—and we hope the downward trend in fatal workplace injuries in Pennsylvania continues. However, if you ever need Workers' Compensation help, we're here 24/7 to help you.
We've seen how frustrating the process can be—and how the cards are stacked against injured workers. Give us a call anytime at 1-866-943-3427 to schedule a free case review.