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What are some facts about workplace fatalities in Pennsylvania?

Fatal work injuries can happen at any time and any place, but when you take the steps to keep yourself safe and are aware of potential hazards in the workplace, most issues can be avoided. Your employer must provide you with a safe environment in which to work, and if you find that negligence or other issues have resulted in an accident that causes you harm you can apply for workers' compensation.

How many fatal workplace injuries took place in Pennsylvania in 2014?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' research and preliminary data set, there were 175 total fatal work injuries in Pennsylvania in 2014. The statistics show that the number of injuries had declined by eight from the previous year, a positive sign that workplaces may be improving safety in their respective environments.

How many fatal work injuries took place in the United States in 2014?

According to a nationwide data set, there were around 4,679 fatal workplace injuries in 2014. That's actually a rise in injuries from 2013, which had only 4,585 total workplace fatalities.

What's the most common cause of injury or fatalities in the workplace?

The data shows that the most common reason for fatalities was from transportation-related accidents. The second was contact with objects. Finally, the third most common cause was slipping, tripping, or falling. In 2014, 74 deaths were caused by transportation incidents, 29 from contact with objects or equipment, and 25 from slips, trips, and falls.

Any time an injury takes place, you have the right to seek compensation through workers' compensation. If you're self-employed or not covered under workers' compensation, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Fatal Work Injuries in Pennsylvania — 2014," accessed April 15, 2016

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