Fatal work-related injuries in New Jersey have ranged from a high of 145 in 1993 to a low of 69 in 2017. The latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released Monday, shows there were 74 fatal work injuries in the state in 2019, down from 83 the previous year.
Transportation incidents accounted for 23 of the fatalities; slips, falls and trips accounted for 16. The third-most frequent fatal events at work (15) were because of exposure to harmful substances or environments. Violence and other injuries caused by persons or animals led to 11 deaths.
The industry with the most fatalities in 2019 was private construction, with 18 deaths, seven of which were because of exposure to harmful substances.
Men accounted for 93% of the fatalities; and workers in the 25-54 age group accounted for 41%.
Nationwide, the 5,333 work fatalities recorded in 2019 was the largest annual number since 2007.