Some employees in every state, including Pennsylvania, have dangerous occupations
that they attend to every day. No matter how much an employer focuses
on workplace safety and employee training, there are still going to be
a certain number of
job-related accidents that occur. However, recent studies have found that the occurrence of
fatal job-related accidents is actually very high and hasn't seen
much of a decline for three years.
According to a recent report released by the AFL-CIO, across the country
about 150 people died daily from an on-the-job injury or illness in 2011.
In that same year, approximately 13 people were killed daily in a fatal
workplace accident and another 137 died daily from a job-related illness
or occupational disease. These numbers are shockingly high and, unfortunately,
have remained relatively stagnant over the past three years.
The states across the country are ranked within these numbers from highest
to lowest occurrence of deaths caused by workplace accidents. The good
news is that Pennsylvania had the lowest occurrence of job-related accidents
causing death and occupational diseases. However, these incidents are
No matter how much work an employer puts into maintaining a safe workplace,
if an accident happens that causes injuries or, in the worst scenarios,
death, then the employee or their surviving family members are entitled
to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits help the employee
or their families recover from an unexpectedly tragic event that has likely
imposed unexpected hardships on their lives.
Outside of making sure all injured employees are receiving workers'
compensation benefits, the Protecting America's Workers Act has been
proposed in Congress and numerous parties are waiting for approval. With
OSHA's low staff levels, the intent of this bill is to strengthen
the federal organization and prevent some of these tragic workplace accidents
Source: MSNBC, "US work-related deaths top 150 a day, finds AFL-CIO report," Ned Resnikoff, May 8, 2013