12/18/2013 01:15 EST | Updated 02/17/2014 05:59 EST

Number of people killed on the job in Nova Scotia increases in 2012-13

HALIFAX - The number of workplace fatalities from traumatic injuries in Nova Scotia jumped to 10 in 2012-13, up from six during the same period a year earlier.

In its annual occupational health and safety report, the provincial government says there were also 22 workplace fatalities caused by a long-term injury or illness, which was up by one death from the report issued last year.

The report covers a period from April 1, 2012, to March 31, 2013.

Labour Minister Kelly Regan says the number of workplace deaths is too high.

The government has previously announced plans to increase the number of inspectors and add to its prosecution team on workplace safety.

The province says it increased the number of inspections last year.

It says safety officers conducted nearly 2,500 inspections, a record number for the province.