New Jersey fares comparatively well when it comes to worker safety, ranking fourth in the country for the lowest rate of fatalities on the job, according to a recent study by the AFL-CIO. Still, in 2010, there were two fatalities per 100,000 workers, or 81 deaths from workplace incidents. The same year saw 82,500 workplace injuries and illnesses, which comes out to 3.2 per 100 workers — less than the national average of 3.5.
The number of workplace safety and health inspectors in 2012 is 69. They conducted reviews of 3,391 work sites, 1099 of them construction sites and 2,292 non-construction. New Jersey inspectors also assess higher fines than the national average for serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. In New Jersey, the average penalty was $2,233 vs. a national average of $1,546.