A study from the AFL-CIO discovered that 5,190 workers died in 2016 because of hazardous work conditions. This number was up from 4,836 in 2015. The construction sector saw the highest number of deaths at 991, which was up from 937 in 2015. Transportation and warehousing workers experienced the second-highest number of deaths with 825 in 2016.
The lumber industry’s importance to the Franklin County region cannot be overlooked as the area is home to a number of lumber-related companies and manufacturers. It’s a solid contributor to the region’s economy and will continue to be as suppliers to homebuilding and professional contractors.
Heavy machinery, power tools and working in high places create many workplace hazards at construction sites in Pennsylvania. Employers have an obligation to inform workers about the dangers and train them in safety procedures. According to the 2018 Safety Performance Report from the Associated Builders and Contractors, proactive efforts to prevent accidents produce substantial results. The organization's Safety Performance Evaluation Process has been shown to improve safety by as much as 670 percent above the industry average.