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New Jersey workers, stay safe. The AFL-CIO’s annual job safety report reveals that for the first time in a decade, the national job fatality rate was up from the previous year. In 2004 (the latest year for which Bureau of Labor Statistics figures are available), 5,703 workers died from workplace injuries, compared to 5,575 the previous year, reports Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect.

The report says:

Very simply, workers need more job safety and health protections. The Bush administration’s lack of regulation and increased attention to employer assistance and voluntary compliance comes at the expense of worker safety and health.

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