The Pennsylvania Department of Labor released a report that in 2008, at least six people died on the job in the Central Susquehanna Valley. They were among 240 work-related deaths in Pennsylvania last year, a 9 percent increase over 2007.
In 2008, two truck drivers were killed in highway accidents on Valley roads, as statewide road crashes were the leading cause of 47 work-related deaths.
In March 2008, a construction worker was run over by a forklift at the Monroe Marketplace building site in Hummels Wharf. A Sunbury man was crushed between two tractor-trailers at Reinhart Food Service in Coal Township.
An accident killed a man when 10,000 tons of concrete fell on him. A man was killed in a mine collapse at Harmony mine.
OSHA investigates work related accidents except municipalities and public employees, however, if statistics were to include deaths of government workers, such as highway workers, the number of work related deaths would have exceeded 240 in Pennsylvania.
Second to work-related highway deaths were more than 20 falls to a lower level, being struck by an object or equipment, and homicides.
Other frequent events leading to workplace deaths were being caught in or compressed by equipment or objects, pedestrian incidents, contact with electric current, self-inflicted injuries, and non-highway incidents.
Two industry sectors made up one-third of the workplace fatalities—construction and warehousing.