Work Accidents & Injuries in Pennsylvania’s Trade, Transportation & Utilities Industry


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In 2012, there were nearly 18,000 work accidents resulting in time lost from work in Pennsylvania’s trade, transportation and utilities industry. That’s over 20% of all work injuries reported in Pennsylvania in 2012 (total number = 85,117). The 2012 data mirrors data from prior years. In addition, in the last five years there has been a decrease in the number of reported injuries in the trade, transportation and utilities industry (see table below). Source: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (DOLI) Annual Report

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Pennsylvania’s trade, transportation and utilities industry includes a wide range of activities, such as wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation, warehousing, and utilities. Out of these activities, transportation and warehousing accounts for the highest rate of injuries, 6.2 (out of 100 full time workers). Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illness by industry and case types, 2012 (Pennsylvania)

In Pennsylvania, warehouse accidents are very common. Just this year, several workers were seriously injured or killed in warehouse accidents. Read about warehouse forklift accidents in Pennsylvania.

Work Accidents-Injury Statistics, Pennsylvania’s Trade, Transportation & Utilities Industry

Total injuries in 2012: 17,902 (down by roughly 1,000 from 2011)

Most common type of injury: sprains/strains (48%)

Body part most commonly injured: arms/upper extremities (32%)

Most common cause of injury: overexertion (35%)

Median age of injured workers: 44.8

County with the highest number of injured workers: Philadelphia

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Trade, Transportation & Utilities 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)

Trade, Transportation & Utilities Industry Worker Injuries in Pennsylvania

Out of all the sub-industries, the retail trade industry accounts for the highest number of injuries. This sub-industry includes retail products such as food/beverages, furniture/home furnishings, building materials, electronics, appliances, etc. This sub-industry also includes warehouses for these materials. Some of the most common types of injuries include fall accidents and strike/crush accidents, such as a forklift accident.

Like with other industries, strains/sprains account for the majority of injuries. However, crush injuries and contusion/bruising injuries also account for a high number of injuries.

More: Pennsylvania Work Accidents & Injuries, by Industry

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