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.
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:
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:
According to national fatal workplace injury statistics:
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.