Nationwide, 5,250 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2018, up from the 5,147 in the previous year, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries program.
And, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Monday that there were 83 fatal work injuries in New Jersey in 2018, an increase of 14 over the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 145 in 1993 to a low of 69 in 2017.
In New Jersey, transportation incidents led to 32 fatal work injuries, with falls, slips, and trips accounting for 16 fatalities. These two major categories made up 58% of all workplace fatalities in the state. There were seven more worker deaths from transportation incidents in 2018 than in 2017, and four more because of falls, slips, and trips. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the third-most frequent fatal work event (13 fatalities), followed by exposure to harmful substances or environments (12 work-related deaths).
The private construction industry sector had 23 worker deaths, up from 14 in the previous year. Falls to a lower level were the most frequent fatal event, leading to the deaths of 10 workers, followed by transportation incidents, which had eight fatalities. Two industries — long-distance general freight trucking along with warehousing and storage — each accounted for four worker deaths in the sector.