Improvements Seen in Workers Comp Statistics, More Work Needs to Be Done

Discussion about PA workers compensation and related statistics can seem like a litany of numbers that don’t seem to have much personal impact, until the sobering reality hits home that every day in the U.S., 13 people get up and dutifully go to work—only to never come home because they die on the job. This translates into nearly 5,000 people killed on the job in 2011.

In terms of workplace injuries, the numbers are much worse. Nearly 4 million people are injured each year on the job, many of them disabling injuries from which some workers may never fully recover. The encouraging news, though, is that these numbers are actually improving, thanks in large part to the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the federal agency created 40 years ago to inspect workplaces across the nation in order to improve the health and safety of more than 130 million workers at more than 8 million worksites throughout the U.S. With 10 regional offices and 90 local area offices, OSHA advocates workplace safety and strives to reduce fatalities. Consider that since 1970, fatalities in the workplace have been reduced by more than 65 percent, which translates into 13 fatalities per day instead of the 38 fatalities per day that occurred in 1970.

At the same time, occupational injury and illness rates have dropped by an impressive 67 percent. This translates into 10.9 incidents for every 100 workers in 1972, compared to fewer than 4 incidents per 100 workers in 2010, a major downturn that for once is a favorable one! Making these numbers even more impressive is that fact that during the same timeframe, the size of the U.S. workforce has nearly doubled.

Working with committed employers, OSHA continues to strive for better, safer, working conditions on the job for employees just like you—and in the process, improve the PA workers compensation statistics so that every day, each man and woman who clocks in to work can stand better odds of returning home to their families at the end of their shift, safe and sound.