Decline in Workplace Illness and Injuries
May 22, 2019
Workplace injuries and illnesses are an unfortunate reality for many employees. These illnesses and injuries may lead to an employee not being able to work or may eventually lead to their death. However, although work-related injuries and illnesses continue to occur, studies show that there is a decline. If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, you have rights.
Common Workplace Injuries
Some of the most common workplace injuries include:
- Repetitive Stress Injuries – Repetitive stress injuries are caused by repetitive motions that include typing, training for certain sports, and the use of modern devices. Common repetitive stress injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, and rotator cuff tendonitis.
- Slip and Falls – No matter where you work, there is a very good possibility that you will encounter a slippery surface. In addition to slippery surfaces, employees whose job requires them to work from a height such as scaffolding or working from a ladder are at higher risk for falls.
- Inhaling Toxic Fumes – For those who work around toxic fumes, it is the employer’s responsibility to provide protective equipment such as respirators and safety goggles to avoid eye irritation. Employees who do not utilize safety equipment are at risk of developing conditions that may include skin irritation as well as illnesses caused by toxic fumes.
Decline in Workplace Illness and Injuries
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has been collecting data on workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities since 1972. Since then, they have found that there has been a 17 percent decline in workplace fatalities between 1992 and 2016. 2009 showed the fewest number of fatalities at 4, 551. Although there is a decline in workplace illnesses, injuries, and fatalities, construction and transportation has remained the deadliest industries for employees.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupations with the most fatalities between 2003 and 2016 included:
- Construction – Construction work fatalities resulted in over 13,000 deaths and was considered the most dangerous occupation for workers.
- Transportation – Between 2003 and 2016, transportation fatalities totaled over 10,000.
- Manufacturing – Manufacturing resulted in over 5,000 deaths between 2003 and 2016.
More Workplace Injuries are Leading to Restricted Duty Instead of Temporary Unemployment
Over the last 25 years, there has been more than 1 million nonfatal workplace injuries that caused employees to miss work. However, between 1992 and 2016, instead of missing work, cases where employees are put on restricted duty or transferred to another job because of their injuries has increased.
Workplace illnesses and injuries are usually covered by workers’ compensation, provided that you can prove that the illness or injury was a result of your occupation. Sometimes this is easy, but other times this can be difficult, especially if an illness is considered an “ordinary disease of life.” These cases require the assistance of an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer with a proven record of success handling these types of claims.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Represent Those Injured on the Job or Suffering a Work-Related Illness
If you or someone you know developed a work-related illness or injury, contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. to discuss your rights and legal options. To arrange a free consultation, contact us online or by phone at 888-PITT-LAW.
We represent injured workers in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, and throughout Pennsylvania, including those in the communities of Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, Clifton Heights, Crum Lynne, Darby, Downingtown, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Essington, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Havertown, Holmes, Kutztown, Lansdowne, Media, Merion Station, Morton, Narberth, Norristown, Norwood, Philadelphia, Prospect Park, Quakertown, Reading, Roxborough, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, West Chester, and Wynnewood.