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Minnesota Injury Facts, 2007 Edition: Recreational Injuries

Fatal Boating Incidents
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in 2006 Minnesota recorded 14 deaths in 11 incidents (compared to 23 deaths in 20 incidents in 2005). Life jackets were worn by only four of the 14 victims.

Non-fatal Boating Incidents
One hundred and two non-fatal incidents were reported in 2006, involving 137 boats, 97 injuries and $219,130 in damage to boats and $2,100 to other property. In 2005, there were 93 reportable incidents involving 117 boats, 82 injuries and $329,827 in property damage.

Non-Boating Water Fatalities
In 2006, there were 49 non-boating drownings (compared to 45 in 2005). These included deaths in lakes (22), rivers (15) and ponds or gravel pits (4) as well as swimming pools (5), bathtubs and hot tubs (3).

Source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
More information about boating/water-related deaths at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/education_safety/safety/boatwater/accident_summary.pdf

Snowmobiling, All-Terrain Vehicles, and Hunting
During the 2006-2007 snowmobiling season, 169 injuries and 14 deaths were reported to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Thirty-three percent of the deaths involved alcohol. In 2006, 22 people were killed in all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) crashes and four died in off-highway motorcycle crashes. Another 353 were injured. Nineteen people were Injured and four were killed in hunting-related incidents in 2006.

Recreational injuries, U.S.

  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/data.html


  • Additional Pages
    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/


  • Workplace injuries, Minnesota
    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/


  • Injuries in the home, Minnesota
    Injuries in the home, 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