Each year, thousands of workers in Pennsylvania experience workplace accidents and injuries. These accidents can result in serious physical harm, emotional distress, and financial loss. Understanding the trends in workplace accidents and injuries can help employers and employees take steps to prevent these incidents from occurring.
Workplace injury statistics
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were approximately 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the private sector in 2019. The report also revealed that the incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in Pennsylvania was 2.4 cases per 100 full-time workers, slightly higher than the national average of 2.3.
The BLS report identified the most common types of workplace injuries in the private sector, which included:
- Sprains, strains and tears
- Soreness and pain
- Bruises and contusions
- Cuts, lacerations and punctures
Workplace accidents and injuries frequently occur in construction, healthcare, manufacturing and transportation. The most common causes of workplace accidents in these industries include:
- Falls from heights
- Struck-by accidents
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Exposure to harmful substances
Preventing injuries in the workplace
Employers should prioritize safety and provide their employees with adequate training and protective equipment to prevent workplace accidents and injuries. Employees should also take responsibility for their safety by following safety guidelines and reporting unsafe conditions or incidents to their employers.
Seeking recourse for an injury
If you have suffered an injury in an accident at work, you should know that you have some options under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law. Workers’ compensation benefits can help cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs associated with a workplace injury. There might be “specific loss” benefits if the injured worker loses a body part such as a finger, a leg, eyesight, or hearing. Fatal claim benefits can be paid to the families of workers who die on the job, and scarring and disfigurement benefits are also payable in certain cases.
Safety is the priority
By prioritizing safety and following best practices, employers can create a safer and more secure workplace for everyone. If you have been injured on the job, contact us today to discuss your legal options.