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Pennsylvania Industries Most Affected by Workplace Injuries

Posted On Behalf of Schmidt Kramer Injury Lawyers on Mar 14, 2013 in Workers' Compensation

Regardless of your job or the industry you work in, there's always going to be someone that suffers a workplace injury. These injuries can range from things like carpal tunnel syndrome, all the way to brain trauma, or even death. Pennsylvania's Bureau of Workers' Compensation Claims Management Division released a report in 2010 that detailed workplace injuries and illnesses throughout the state in 2009. They note that 88,973 lost-time work injury and illness cases were reported to the Bureau of Workers' Compensation during that year. 

Among the nearly 90,000 reported injuries, there were three main industries that accounted for most of them:

  • Manufacturing
    • Total injuries: 11,135
    • Most frequent type of injury: Sprains and strains
    • County with the most injured workers: Lancaster
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
    • Total injuries: 21,166
    • Most frequent type of injury: Sprains and strains
    • County with the most injured workers: Philadelphia
  • Educational and Health Services 
    • Total injuries: 18,747
    • Most frequent type of injury: Sprains and strains
    • County with the most injured workers: Philadelphia

Along with the fact that sprains and strains were the most common injuries across all major industries, overexertion was the common cause. Accidents happen, but overexertion is preventable—employees should never push themselves harder than they feel they can go (and employers should not force employees to feel like they have to extend beyond their physical limits). 

If you were injured on the job and you need assistance, it's time to contact a workers’ compensation attorney. Harrisburg injured workers have found great success working with the law office of Schmidt Kramer, and we encourage you to take advantage of our free initial consultations. Call us today at 888-476-0807.