Most Dangerous Jobs in PA

August 12, 2019

Workers can become injured in almost any job. However, some jobs are more dangerous than others due to the physical demands or hazardous exposures. Each state varies as to which jobs make the “most dangerous” list; some dangerous jobs like law enforcement and fishing become even more risky depending on where they are located. In Pennsylvania, there were 172 fatal work injuries in 2017 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), many of which occurred in the state’s most dangerous industries.

What Makes a Job Dangerous?

Jobs can be dangerous for a number of reasons. According to the BLS, there are several ways to identify hazardous occupations. Depending on which factor is assigned the most weight, different occupations may rank as the most dangerous. Some factors to consider when assessing the danger of any given job include:

  • Fatality frequency – This is the number of workers who have died in a given occupation.
  • Fatality rate – This statistic divides the number of job-related fatalities in a given occupation during a certain period divided by the average number of workers for that period.
  • Job duties – Workers with physically demanding jobs are more likely to suffer from overexertion injuries that necessitate time off from work.
  • Job setting – The risk of homicide/workplace violence is higher for those who work at night, work alone, and handle money.

Causes of Work-Related Fatalities in Pennsylvania

In 2017, the most recent year for which BLS worker injury, illness, and fatality statistics are available, there were 172 work-related fatalities in Pennsylvania. This number increased slightly from the 163 worker deaths the previous year, which was the lowest ever recorded. Transportation incidents were the most common, resulting in 61 fatal work injuries, followed by contact with objects and equipment which accounted for 34 fatalities. There were also 27 and 26 deaths from violence/other injuries by persons or animals and exposure to harmful substances/environments, respectively.

Pennsylvania’s Most Dangerous Jobs

In the landlocked state of Pennsylvania, fishing does not top the list of the most dangerous jobs. Other jobs commonly cited as the most dangerous in other states such as loggers, pilots, and steel workers did not make the cut either. Rather, workers with the most dangerous jobs in Pennsylvania include:

  • Agricultural workers – Farmers and others in the agriculture industry work outside during all types of weather, deal with heavy machinery, and handle toxic chemicals.
  • Construction laborers – Roofers, electricians, and other types of construction workers have jobs that require them to perform various dangerous activities.
  • Drivers – Workers in the transportation industry and those who drive as part of their jobs are at risk of getting in car accidents.
  • Miners – Explosions, collapses, floods, and toxic containment are all hazards of the mining industry.
  • Public Safety Officials – Police officers, firefighters and other first responders are included in this category.

Contact the Workplace Accident Lawyers in Philadelphia at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. for Help With Your Claim

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