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Reviewing workplace accidents in Pennsylvania

When someone is hurt at work, they may experience all sorts of hardships. Not only do injured workers often face severe physical pain, but many have financial problems after an accident because of lost wages or hospital bills they can't afford. Furthermore, life may never return to normal for some injured workers, whether they have to deal with an injury for the rest of their life or cannot return to work. For employers and employees in Erie, and across Pennsylvania, reviewing workplace accident statistics may help prevent future incidents from occurring.

On their website, the Bureau of Labor Statistics published helpful information regarding various types of deadly occupational injury events in Pennsylvania during 2013. While the data published on their site represents fatal events, these incidents account for many injuries as well. Common causes of fatal occupational injuries during this period include transportation-related incidents (accounting for 39 percent of all events), violence inflicted by another person or an animal (accounting for 16 percent of all fatal events), contact with equipment or an object (accounting for 17 percent of such events), falls, trips and slips (accounting for 14 percent of all fatal injuries) and exposure to a harmful environment or substance (accounting for 11 percent of all events).

According to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Enterprise Portal, most workers in the state are covered by the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, which provides benefits to those who have suffered a job-related injury or illness. For injured workers, gaining access to benefits they are entitled to and addressing their set of circumstances appropriately is paramount.

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