Oil and gas workers are the backbone of many regions all over Pennsylvania, as evidenced by the industry boom that has taken place over the past few years. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a number of these workers have also seen fatality rates increase along with rising job prospects.
While the oil and gas industry is often considered to be far safer for workers when compared to privately run work sites, recent years have proven to be particularly deadly in terms of fatalities within the workplace. From 2011 through 2012, oil and gas workers faced the staggering rate of one worker death for every three days on the job. Accidents deemed nonfatal were also up, breaking a five-year industry low to reach 2,600 injured workers in 2012.