Workers in Pennsylvania should be aware of the hazards of falls. These are a particular risk in the construction industry, but an injury from a fall can occur in any occupation. Other industries that have high injury rates from falls include health care, retail, transportation, and building cleaning and maintenance. In 2009, more than 600 workers were killed and over 200,000 seriously injured in falls.
Pennsylvania workers may be shocked to learn that nationwide, five types of workplace accidents cost billions of dollars every year. These accidents alone account for 73.1 percent of the costs of all workplace accidents, according to the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index for 2010; combined costs for these five accident classifications were $37.9 billion.
Lower back pain is usually caused by either a lumbar sprain, which means that the tissues that connect bone together have been stretched too far or torn, or a muscle strain, which means that damage has occurred to the muscle fibers. The pain from these injuries can be very severe. Generally, the treatment and recovery time for these two types of injuries are the same.