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242 WORKERS KILLED ON-THE-JOB LAST YEAR

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A total of 242 Pennsylvania workers suffered fatal on-the-job injuries last year -- an average of almost five per week, according to a report released today by the state Health Department.
 Highway accidents and homicides led all work-related deaths, accounting for over one-third of all the fatalities.
 Although the state's overall work-related fatality rate was four deaths per 100,000 employees -- compared to five per 100,000 employees nationally -- certain groups of workers had a rate greater than their proportion of total employment. Those groups included men, workers age 55 and older, those in farm-related occupations and workers employed in the industries of agriculture, construction and transportation and public utilities.
 For example, while men comprised 54 percent of the work force, they accounted for 95 percent of job-related fatalities. The male fatality rate was eight per 100,000 employees compared to the female rate of one per 100,000 employees.
 Also, the fatality rate for workers age 55 and over was eight per 100,000 employees, more than twice the rate for workers under age 55.
 Other highlights from the report:
 -- Those workers in farming and forestry occupations, which make up two percent of total employment, had a fatality rate of 29 per 100,000 workers -- over seven times higher than the overall state fatality rate.
 -- Industries with the highest fatality rate per 100,000 workers were agriculture (27), construction (13) and transportation and public utilities (13).
 -- Three-fourths of job-related homicides involved the use of firearms.
 The Pennsylvania data are obtained from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injury Program, a cooperative statistical venture between the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It provides a comprehensive, accurate and descriptive count of deaths from several sources such as death certificates, worker's compensation and motor vehicle accident reports and newspaper articles. Work- related fatalities are substantiated with two or more independent sources before being included in the census.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Tables listing Pennsylvania workplace fatalities by occupational, industrial and demographic characteristics as well as type of event are available from the Division of Health Statistics and Research at 717-783-2548./
 /CONTACT: Kathy Liebler, press secretary of the Department of Health, 717-787-1783/


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