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September 16, 2010

Last year 99 people were killed in on-the-job-accidents in New Jersey, which is about average for annual workplace fatalities in the state. (In 2008, there were 92 workforce fatalities; in 2007, 106.) Of those killed last year, all but one was a man. The 99 fatalities comprised 33 transportation accidents, 23 assaults and violent acts, 23 falls, 12 contacts with equipment or other objects, five exposures to harmful substances or environments and three fires or explosions. Of those killed, 75 were wage and salaried employees, while 24 were self-employed. Half of the deaths of self-employed workers were the result of an assault or violent act. The majority of those killed were 45 years of age or older.

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