21 recent workplace deaths produce call for southcentral Pa. employers to do better - pennlive.com

2022-08-20 12:04:51 By : Mr. Jerry Li

Workplace fatalities rose by about 30% during the past year in a 14-county area that includes the Harrisburg region, federal officials said Thursday.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited 21 deaths in the region since last Oct. 1 and said most were preventable.

OSHA called on employers to “fulfill their legal responsibility to maintain a workplace, both at facilities and remote locations, free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees, as required by the standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.”

It comes during OSHA’s “Safe + Sound Week,” held annually to promote workplace safety. OSHA said more than 50 Pennsylvania businesses, including 14 in the southcentral region are taking part in event.

OSHA provided this list of the 21 fatalities:

NOTE: This article was revised to add two incidents that were missing from an earlier list.

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