March 11th, 2014

Pennsylvania Work Accidents & Injury Statistics

Work Accidents in the U.S. in 2012

According to the most recent data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, the national average rate of workplace accidents and injuries was 3.4 per every 100 workers (private sector only). Source: BLS News Release, 11/7/2013, Employer-Related Workplace Injuries & Illnesses 2012.

Work Accidents in PA in 2012

In 2012, Pennsylvania’s average rate of workplace accidents and injuries was much higher than the national average. At 4.1 per every 100 workers, Pennsylvania is one of the top states in the U.S. with an injury rate over 4.0. Other states include California and Florida.

Related: Compensation for Accidents at Work, Injured at Work in Pennsylvania?

Below is a table which details the average rate of work accidents in PA broken down by industry. The list is not exhaustive and omits several industries, such as the education, arts/entertainment and accommodation industries.


Injury Rate*

*(per 100 workers)

1. Transportation/Warehousing 6.2
2. Health Care/Social Assistance 6.1
3. Manufacturing 5.0
4. Construction 4.7
5. Wholesale Trade 3.9
6. Mining 3.3
7. Utilities 1.7
8. Information, Financial, Real Estate, Profession, Management Range: .7 to 1.8


Click here for part 2 of this article, which discusses common types of accidents in Pennsylvania, by industry.

Can Workers Injured in PA Obtain Financial Recovery for Their Injuries?

Pennsylvania workers who are injured in work related accidents can file claims to receive workers’ compensation benefits. In addition, there may be viable claims against other parties, such as outside contractors. For example, in a construction accident case, a general contractor or subcontractor may be liable for creating an unsafe work environment.

PA & NJ Work Accident Lawyers

Our lawyers specialize in representing injured workers throughout the Northeast. For a free case review, please call the firm at Click To Call.

Work Accident Case Results:

  • $13 million – A workplace accident resulting in an above the knee amputation of the plaintiff’s right leg
  • $8.5 million – A construction accident on the job involving union roofer who was working without fall protection and fell from a roof resulting in permanent paraplegic injury

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