Workplace Death Statistics

Fatal workplace accidents are rare, but their impact can be devastating for those who knew and loved the accident victim. Family members may be emotionally and financially traumatized, and co-workers are forever left with the memory of someone dying in the place they must work every day.  

Fortunately, the number of workplace deaths in Pennsylvania is lower than in many other states. However, that’s no solace to those who are left to rebuild their life after losing a loved one. 

A Look at the Numbers

According to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in just 2022, there were 183 fatal workplace injuries in Pennsylvania. Transportation incidents accounted for almost 42% of all deadly accidents in the state. A large majority of fatalities occurred within the private construction industry sector. 

The BLS reports that 5,486 people died of work injuries nationwide in the same year. In addition, there was a 5% increase in preventable deaths in the workplace from 2021 to 2022. 

Types of Fatal Workplace Injuries

In addition to transportation accidents, events that caused Pennsylvania workers’ deaths include:

  • Exposure to Harmful Substances or Environments: 27 lives
  • Contact With Objects or Equipment: Approximately 27 lives
  • Falls, Slips, and Trips: Approximately 24 lives
  • Violence by Persons or Animals: 22 lives

Of the 183 workers who were killed, 36 were self-employed, and 18 were women. 

Other Statistics

A more detailed statistical breakdown of fatal workplace incidents in Pennsylvania shows that:

  • The most highly impacted age group is those between 55 and 64 years
  • Of the deceased, 127 were white, 27 were black or African American, 16 were Hispanic or Latino, and 10 were Asian or non-Hispanic. 
  • The occupations with the second-highest fatal accidents are transportation and material moving occupations. 

Most workplaces are careful to follow all OSHA regulations, and many go above and beyond to create a safe environment for their employees. Whether a life was lost due to negligence or a tragic but unpredictable accident, survivors have rights and may be eligible for survivor benefits. 

What To Do if Your Loved One Dies in a Workplace Accident

Picking up the pieces after someone you love passes on is one of the most difficult challenges in life. It is even more difficult if their death could have been prevented. If negligence caused your loved one’s fatal workplace incident, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit

In Pennsylvania, wrongful death is defined as a death caused by a wrongful act, unlawful violence, or negligence of another person or entity. The family of a wrongful death victim can file a suit to be compensated for their damages and losses.

Take the Next Step and Schedule a Free Consultation

If your loved one passed away in a fatal workplace accident, finding legal representation can help. Consider setting up a free case review with an experienced wrongful death attorney. They can advise you on your options and help you receive the compensation you and your family deserve. 

Schedule a free consultation to learn how our truck accident lawyers at Marzzacco Niven & Associates can help you.

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