Work Accidents & Injuries in Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing Industry


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2012 data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (DOLI) shows that the manufacturing industry accounted for over 10% of all work related injuries which resulted in time lost from work. In 2012, there were 9,802 manufacturing related injuries, out of a total of 85,117.

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Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry includes a wide number of sub-industries, including:

  • food manufacturing (animal products, processed food, etc.),
  • product manufacturing (wood, paper, etc.), and
  • materials manufacturing (metals, minerals, etc.).

Work Accidents-Injury Statistics, Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing Industry

Total injuries in 2012: 9,802 (down by about 1,000 from 2011)

Most common type of injury: sprains/strains (39%)

Body part most commonly injured: arms/upper extremities (42%)

Most common cause of injury: overexertion (34%)

Median age of injured workers: 45.5

County with the highest number of injured workers: Lancaster

Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing Industry – Total Work Injury Data (2009-2012)


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Data sources: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Workers’ Compensation & Workplace Safety Annual Reports (2009-2012)

Manufacturing Industry Worker Injuries & Accidents in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s manufacturing workers and factory workers face a variety of work related accident hazards, including fall accidents, such as slip, trip and fall accidents in the workplace, as well as machinery hazards. In addition, equipment accidents, such as forklift accidents are very common. In Pennsylvania, the top sub-industries which account for work related injuries are:

  • fabricated metals manufacturing,
  • food manufacturing, and
  • metals manufacturing.

Related: Warehouse & Storage Facility Accidents

Accidents at bakeries account for a large number of accidents in Pennsylvania’s food manufacturing industry. In addition, other sub-industries which result in high numbers of work accidents include wood manufacturing, paper manufacturing and transportation equipment manufacturing.

While strain/sprains account for the majority of injuries, other common types of injuries include:

  • crush injuries,
  • lacerations, and
  • puncture wounds.

Less common are amputation injuries (or loss of use) and burns (chemical/electrical). However, burn injuries almost double the number of amputation type injuries.

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Factory & Manufacturing Accident Lawyers in Pennsylvania

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