Data compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state agencies from 2015 shows that some industries are particularly dangerous for Pennsylvania residents to work in.
In 2015, there were 1,000 pipefitters or plumbers who were either injured or became ill on the job in Pennsylvania. At least three were killed.
At least 820 construction workers suffered injuries on the job in 2015. Nine lost their lives while building new homes. Another five died while operating heavy machinery at construction sites. In a related profession, four brick or stonemasons were killed while working that same year.
Those who operated heavy machinery or who worked in industrial or construction fields weren't the only ones to get injured, though.
At least 1,940 cases of nursing assistants becoming ill or injured while at work were reported in Pennsylvania. Instances in which nurses reported becoming hurt or sick on the job totaled 1,150 in 2015, the fifth highest of all occupations with injuries or illnesses. At least 750 personal care aides suffered the same fate.
Working in retail and food service even proved to be dangerous. At least 840 retail salespeople and 800 of their supervisors were hurt on the job in 2015. Four died due to violence that same year. Another 990 stock clerks suffered injuries and illnesses while at work as well. Food preparation workers had 900 injuries.
Sanitation workers suffered 390 injuries. Three died after becoming injured in on-the-job incidents. Tractor-trailer operators, delivery truck drivers and package carriers were also hurt in significant numbers on the job in the state. Those who work in janitorial services or cleaning were also injured at alarming rates.
Dauphin workers who are hurt should immediately report their injuries to their employer and go see the doctor that they send you to. Once you've pursued initial treatment with them, then your worker's rights afford you the ability to see your own choice of physician if you're in need of long-term care. An attorney can advise you of this and other rights that you're entitled to as an employee in Pennsylvania.