For the second year in a row, reportable work accidents/injuries are up in Pennsylvania. A reportable work accident is defined as a work related accident where an injured worker missed at least one day or one shift of work.
According to the most recent data available from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, (DOLI), in 2013, there were close to 90,000 work accident and injury cases reported. In 2012, there were a little over 85,000 work injuries, and in 2011, there were a little over 83,000. Despite the increase from 2011 to 2013, in general, the number of work accidents and injuries in Pennsylvania has been on a general decline over the last 10 years. However, the new data clearly shows that Pennsylvania is now pushing close to 90,000 work accidents/injuries per year.
Trend – Reportable Work Accidents-Injuries Up in PA
Actual Numbers of Reportable Work Accidents & Injuries in PA (2011 through 2013)
*Source: PA DOLI
Corresponding Number of Workers’ Compensation Claims (Petitions and Remands)
Over the last several years, out of the annual number of reportable work accidents, over half result in workers’ compensation claims petitions. For instance, in 2011 and 2012, the number of workers’ compensation claims filed held steady, at about 56% (i.e., out of the total number of reportable work accidents, 56% of injured workers filed workers’ compensation claims petitions). However, in 2013, even though there was an increase in the number of work accidents and injuries, there was a surprising decrease in the number of workers’ compensation claims filed. In 2013, 52% of the total number of work injuries resulted in workers’ compensation claims.
Actual Numbers of Workers’ Compensation Claims Filed (2011 through 2013)
*Source: PA DOLI
Fatal Work Accidents in PA
Each year, nearly 200 workers in Pennsylvania are killed in work related accidents. The table below shows data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Actual Numbers of Work Accident Fatalities (2011 through 2013)
*Data is preliminary.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 60% of the total fatal work injuries in PA resulted from transportation accidents and strike/equipment accidents (i.e., contact with a piece of equipment). In addition, workplace violence accounted for about 30 deaths in 2013.
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