State and federal agencies record and study Allegheny County workers' injuries and deaths, largely to create safety measures to prevent future harm. For example, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may notice high instances of scaffolding falls, resulting in head injuries among construction workers. As a result, OSHA could beef up guidelines for protective gear or the use of scaffolds.
Employers would have very different interpretations about employee safety, without uniform workplace rules. Despite the government's effort to protect workers, some employers don't take regulations seriously. Safety issues are an afterthought or in some cases, an unwelcome expense that doesn't get attention until a worker is hurt or killed.