- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - A new report says more than 60 Massachusetts workers died on the job in 2015 - a number that soars when deaths by occupational injuries and illnesses are included.

The report released Wednesday by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health and the Massachusetts AFL-CIO found that 63 Massachusetts workers lost their lives while at work last year.

That number climbs to 630 when deaths caused by occupational injuries and job-related illnesses are included.

Transportation incidents were the leading cause of fatal injuries, contributing to the deaths of 23 workers.

Six workers were murdered on the job in 2015, with occupations ranging from doctor to sous chef.

The average fine assessed to an employer with safety violations resulting in the death of a worker was $18,513.

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