In 2017, there were 5,147 worker deaths throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S. While certainly a high number, this was a decrease from the 5,190 workers who died in 2016. These figures from state and federal databases were included in the report Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect. The report was published on April 25 during Workers' Memorial Week. Overall, the death rate is 3.5 per 100,000 workers, but that rate increases to 10.3 per 100,000 for those over 65.
Pennsylvania construction workers have a dangerous job. On average, more than 300 construction workers across the U.S. die in falls each year, and over 10,000 incur fall-related injuries. This makes falls the leading cause of death among construction workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The majority of fatal falls from scaffolding (86%), ladders (85%) and ladders (57%) arise in the construction industry.
Preventing falls at work is not that tricky or expensive. But as a recent report from FairWarning points out, the problem of worker falls has never been worse, judging from Bureau of Labor Statistics data.