The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reported 163 Pennsylvania employees died as a result of workplace injuries in 2012. The Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary report recorded 4,383 fatalities nationwide. Reasons for those deaths were similar at national and state levels.
The majority of all deaths – 41 percent nationwide, 39 percent in our state -- occurred in transportation accidents. Twenty-one percent of Pennsylvania on-the-job fatalities were linked to employee contact with equipment or objects. Fatal slips, trips and falls were responsible for 14 percent.