Dangerous jobs and workers' compensation

Pennsylvania workers may find interest in a list of the top 10 most deadliest jobs in the United States in 2014, based upon data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were a total of 4,679 fatal workplace injuries, a 2 percent increase over the fatal injury rate in 2013. The most dangerous jobs were held by logging workers with 77 fatal work-related injuries for a rate of 109.5 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. Fishers and other fishing industry workers came in second with a rate of 80.8 fatal work injuries per 100,000 FTE workers.

In third place, aircraft pilots and engineers experienced a fatal injury rate of 63.2, while roofers had a rate of 46.2. There was a significant drop in the fifth ranking to a rate of 35.8 for refuse collectors. Farmers, structural iron and steel workers and drivers had fatal rates of 26.0, 25.2 and 23.4 respectively. With a rate of 19.2, electrical power-line installers and repair technicians came in ninth and first-line supervisors of construction and extraction workers were tenth with a rate of 17.9.

The preliminary findings of the 2014 report also found that government worker injuries were down 12 percent in 2014. Fatal injuries among workers 55 years of age and older increased by 10 percent, and fatal injuries among women increased by 13 percent. Police officers and supervisors faced an increased rate of fatal injuries of 17 percent from 2013 to 2014.

Pennsylvania workers who have been injured on the job may be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits that could provide medical care as well as a percentage of lost wages. Many such workers obtain the assistance of an attorney when preparing and filing the required claim.

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