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Minnesota Injury Facts, 2007 Edition: The Workplace

Non-fatal injuries and illnesses in 2006
Minnesota’s workplace injury and illness rate was unchanged from 2005 to 2006 (most current data available), according to the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the fall of 2007. An estimated total of 107,100 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in Minnesota's private-industry and public-sector workplaces during 2006, resulting in a rate of 5.1 cases per 100 full-time-equivalent (FTE) workers. The 2005 and 2006 injury and illness rate was down 3.8 percent from the 2004 rate of 5.3 cases per 100 FTE workers, and is Minnesota's lowest rate since the survey began in 1972.

Since 2003, the number of workers in Minnesota has increased by more than 90,000, while the estimated number of recordable injury and illness cases has decreased by about 4,500 cases.

For the survey, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) collected 2006 injury and illness records from approximately 5,150 Minnesota employers. Among the key findings:

  • An estimated 50,700 cases in 2006 resulted in days away from work, job transfer or restrictions. The rate for these injuries was 2.4 cases per 100 FTE workers, unchanged from 2005, and slightly below the rate of 2.6 cases per 100 FTE workers in 2004.
  • The rate of days-away-from-work cases was 1.3 per 100 FTE workers in 2005 and 2006, down from 1.5 cases per 100 FTE workers in 2004 and 2003.
  • The rate of cases with job transfer or restriction was 1.1 per 100 FTE workers in 2006 and 2005, compared to 1.2 cases per 100 FTE workers in 2004.
  • Industry divisions with the highest total injury and illness rates per 100 FTE workers were agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (8.1); construction (7.8); manufacturing (6.8); and health care and social assistance (6.8).
  • Construction is the only industry division with total case rate decreases every year since 2003. The total case rate in construction dropped by 16 percent, from a rate of 9.3 per 100 FTE workers in 2003 to 7.8 in 2006.
Nationally, an estimated 4.1 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in private-industry workplaces during 2006, resulting in a rate of 4.4 cases per 100 FTE workers. In 2005, an estimated 4.2 million private-industry cases were reported nationally, for a rate of 4.6 cases per 100 FTE workers. The Minnesota summary tables are available on the DLI Web site at http://www.dli.mn.gov/RS/RatesTables.asp. The national summary tables are available on the BLS Web site at www.bls.gov/iif/oshsum.htm.

Fatal injuries
Seventy-eight fatal work injuries were recorded in Minnesota in 2006, a decrease of nine cases from 2005. The 2006 total is less than the average of 79 cases a year for 2001 through 2005. The information comes from the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, which also provides the following statistics for 2006:

Industries
  • Agriculture had the highest number of fatalities, with 23 cases, compared to 22 cases in 2005, when it had the second-highest number of fatalities. Most of the fatalities were caused by either contact with objects and equipment or transportation incidents.
  • Construction recorded the second-highest number of worker fatalities, with 13 cases, compared with 25 cases in 2005 and 16 cases in 2004. Construction had the highest number of fatalities in 2005. Construction had the largest decrease in fatalities from 2005 to 2006 of any industry.
  • Six government workers were fatally injured in 2006, a decrease from 7 fatalities in 2005 and 9 fatalities in 2004.
  • Self-employed workers accounted for 21 fatalities, including 17 fatalities to workers in agriculture. In 2005, self-employed workers had 23 fatalities.
Types of incidents
  • Transportation incidents accounted for 29 fatalities and continued to be the most frequent fatal work-injury event. Fatalities resulting from transportation incidents decreased from 34 cases in 2005 and equaled the 29 recorded for 2004.
  • Contact with objects and equipment continued to be the second-highest event category, with 27 fatalities, a slight increase from 26 cases in 2005. The most common incidents in this category are being struck by a falling object and getting caught in running machinery.
  • Fatalities due to assaults and violent acts decreased from 12 cases in 2005 to 3 cases in 2006.
  • Nine fatalities resulted from falls in 2006, a decrease from 11 cases in 2005.
Gender
  • Nine women were fatally injured in 2006, compared to 8 cases in 2005.
  • The number of fatalities of men decreased by ten cases, from 79 in 2005 to 69 in 2006.
Note: The CFOI does not include workplace fatalities due to illnesses.

Minnesota 2006 CFOI tables are available at http://www.dli.mn.gov/RS/RatesTables.asp. National data from the CFOI program is available at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm.

Source: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

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/


  • 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


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