Workplace Deaths in NYC Hit Six-Year High in 2014

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Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bratton at a June street renaming to honor Detective Rafael Ramos, one of the police officers killed last year.

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Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bratton at a June street renaming to honor Detective Rafael Ramos, one of the police officers killed last year.

The number of workplace fatalities in New York City jumped 39 percent last year, according to a report released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The 78 deaths in 2014, up from the all-time low of 56 in 2013, comprised a toll that was still far below the high of 191 in 1993. There were three more murders in the workplace last year, six more falls and six more suicides.

Construction deaths ticked up by five deaths (29 percent) to 22, or more than a quarter of the total–the highest share of any industry. The number of government workers who died more than doubled to 12, led by the deaths of four police officers.

Read the full report here.