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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - As we celebrate Labor Day, it's a good reminder that some people put a lot on the line for their job.

A new report by the Industrial Commission of Arizona lists the top four leading causes of death in the state in 2012.

Transportation incidents are the leading cause of on the job deaths.

Truckers at TTT say what they do is very dangerous having many close calls with death several times out on the road.

The report lists the latest numbers from 2012. There were 60 deaths on the job that year. That's down from 2011 when there were 69. The highest in the last decade comes from 2006 when there were 112 deaths at work.

For 2012, transportation led the cause at 41%. Violence with people or animals was 25%. Falls, slips and trips accounted for 11%. Exposure to harmful substances or the environment was also at 11%.

“I was pulling out of a truck stop and misgauged the slope of the road, and when I proceeded to come out, the weight of the trailer pushed my truck over and if I didn't make my truck turn wider at that time, I would have run off the cliff,” said trucker Duane Deremer.

 “I've had to deal with weather, other drivers, cell phone issues have been a big thing since people got smart phones,” said trucker Jason Grimm.

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