For quite some time, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) has required employers to report work-related deaths. However,
a new rule came into effect in 2015 that requires employers to also report
non-fatal, but serious, workplace injuries. PennLive news analyzed the
available data and revealed that there were 1,318 serious workplace injuries
in Pennsylvania between 2015 and August 2016.
There are a handful of employers that reported a higher number of incidents
than most, including many familiar companies like Verizon, Walmart, UPS,
Waste Management Inc., The Hershey Company, and Lowes. The US Postal Service
led the pack for number of workplace injuries in Pennsylvania, with 16
serious incidents reported. The government agency not only maintains the
highest number of reported injuries in PA, but also nationwide. Many of
the USPS injuries were related to fall down incidents and dog attacks.
On-the-job injuries can occur in any industry, but serious accidents commonly
take place in high-risk job settings that involve working up high on ladders,
roofs, trees and telephone poles; or in manufacturing centers and distribution
warehouses where employees work with equipment such as conveyor belts,
pallet jacks, forklifts, and skids. Some of the most severe and debilitating
injuries include broken bones and fractures, head and neck injuries, and
Injury at Work?
Work accidents are usually unpredictable, and a bad one can turn your life
upside down. If you’re injured in the course of your employment,
you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits while
you recover from your work injuries. However, the claims process can get
quite complicated, and Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws aren’t
always as straightforward as they may seem. Obtaining legal representation
is the best measure you can take to ensure that all of your rights are
Metzger Wickersham has 130 years of experience advocating for the rights
of the injured. Contact our skilled workers' compensation attorneys
today for a free consultation.