Work can kill you, and the numbers prove it. But New Jersey has made some progress in reducing the number of workplace fatalities.

Fatal work injuries in New Jersey totaled 85 in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That number is down 17 from a year prior, and it’s a far cry from the 145 workplace deaths recorded in 1993.


At 22, the construction industry hosted the largest number of fatalities in 2014. Overall, 35 deaths resulted from transportation incidents, and another 24 were caused by falls, slips or trips.

Workplace deaths related to violence experienced a drop in New Jersey between 2013 and 2014. The number of homicides fell from 16 to 5. The number of suicides fell from 11 to 4.

Nationwide, according to BLS, 4,679 fatal work injuries were reported last year, up a tick from 2013.

Texas came in with the most workplace deaths at 524, followed by California (334), Florida (221), New York (203) and Ohio (184).

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