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Minnesota Injury Facts, 2005 Edition: The Workplace

Workplace injuries and illnesses continued to decline in Minnesota's workplaces during 2004. Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) figures show the state's injury and illness rate decreased by 3.6 percent in 2004, following an 8.3 percent decrease in 2003.

Transportation incidents continued to be the most frequent fatal work-injury, accounting for 36 percent of the cases. "Transportation" encompasses highway crashes, workers being struck by vehicles and mobile equipment, and incidents on farms or in industrial worksites. Deaths resulting from transportation incidents dropped to 29 in 2004 from 30 cases in 2003, and 44 cases in 2002. Fatalities due to assaults and violent acts continued to increase to 11 cases in 2004, up from nine cases in 2003 and three cases in 2002.

Among industries, agriculture again recorded the highest number of worker deaths (18). Construction had the second highest number of deaths with 16 cases. Deaths among government workers accounted for nine deaths. Seventeen self-employed workers died. Divided by gender, 73 men died and 7 women died.

Event or exposure causing fatal work injury, 2004
Event or exposure
Total number of fatalities
Percentage of total
Total 80 100.0%
Transportation incidents 29 36.2
Highway incident 14 17.5
a) Collision between vehicles, mobile equipment 7 8.7
b) Jack-knifed or overturned—no collision 5 6.2
Nonhighway incident, except rail, air, water 6 7.5
Pedestrian struck by vehicle, mobile equipment 4 5
Contact with objects and equipment 18 22.5
Struck by object 7 8.7
Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects 6 7.5
Caught in or crushed in collapsing materials 5 6.25
Falls 11 13.7
Fall to lower level 11 13.7
Exposure to harmful substances or environments 6 7.5
Contact with electric current 3 3.7
Assaults and violent acts 11 13.7
Shooting 6 7.5
Assaults by animals 3 3.7
Fires and explosions 5 6.2


Source: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, May 2006

More detail on work-related injury and illness:
Minnesota Workplace Safety Report: Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, 2003, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, September 2005. http://www.dli.mn.gov/RS/PDF/saferpt03.pdf

Workplace injuries, U.S.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/bls/safety.htm
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/chartbook/


  • Additional Pages
    Fatal injuries, Minnesota
    Non-fatal injuries, Minnesota
    All injuries, U.S.
  • Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/duip.htm


  • Traffic injuries, Minnesota
    Traffic injuries, U.S.
  • National Center for Statistics and Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. DOT, http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/


  • Injuries in the home, Minnesota
    Injuries in the home, U.S.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/data.html


  • Recreational injuries, Minnesota
    Recreational injuries, U.S.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/data.html


  • Minnesota injuries by age
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 1-19
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 20-39
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 40-59
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 60-85+

  • Minnesota Department of Health:
  • Emergency Department-treated Traumatic Brain Injury, Minnesota 1998 - 2003 (PDF, 708 KB, 28 pages)
  • Nonfatal Hospitalized Traumatic Brain Injury, Minnesota 1998 - 2003 (PDF, 241 KB, 28 pages)
  • Ten Leading Causes of Nonfatal Hospitalized Injury by Age Group, Minnesota 1998-2001
  • Ten Leading Causes of Nonfatal ED-treated Injury by Age Group, Minnesota 1998-2001


  • Minnesota injuries by gender Minnesota injuries by costs
  • Minnesota Department of Health, http://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/pub/ed2001/index.cfm (see "Impact")
  • Minnesota Department of Public Safety, http://www.dps.state.mn.us/ots/crashdata/codes_project.asp


  • Prevention recommendations