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|
|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|
|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|
|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
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