When a person looks at a statistic, it can seem small. It's a small bit of information that on its face seems meaningless. But for some Pittsburgh residents, they have lived the statistic. In terms of work related death and workplace injury statistics, some Pittsburgh families understand it's like to live the statistic of injury or unexpected death.
Underneath the statistic are families, living and working in our Pittsburgh community. Workplace death in the Pittsburgh area and in other U.S. states is a fairly common occurrence, in 2014 over 4,000 of them were recorded and some not too far from home. Eighteen of these occurred right in the Pittsburgh area, meaning, 18 people in our community were lost. Some due to unpreventable accident no doubt, but some of the deaths may have occurred due completely, or in part, to negligent behavior of a third party.
That third party could be an employer, it could be an equipment manufacturer who's equipment malfunctioned, it could even be a completely unrelated third party who came in contact with the deceased at the moment or just prior, to their work related death. Essentially, it is not always clear who may or may not have been involved in a loved one's work fatality. There can be a lot of factors at play that could have had an adverse effect on a loved one's fate. Transportation-related deaths are the most common factor at play in work deaths both locally and around the country.
While workplace fatality hit an all-time low in the Pittsburgh area in 2014, it did still occur. Hopefully, the trend will continue in this manner, until the day comes when Pittsburgh has zero work-related deaths on record. While this goal may be difficult to achieve, it is not impossible. Those who have felt the aftermath related to a loved one's unexpected death can appreciate that particular goal.
Source: bls.gov, "Fatal Work Injuries in the Pittsburgh Area - 2014," Accessed Oct. 30, 2016