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Minnesota Injury Facts, 2008 Edition: Recreational Injuries

Fatal Boating Incidents
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in 2008 Minnesota recorded 12 deaths involving 13 boats, tied with the previous lowest number of boating fatalities on record (1996). Life jackets were worn by only two of the 12 victims.

Non-fatal Boating Incidents
Seventy-seven non-fatal incidents were reported in 2008 (third lowest on record), involving 104 boats, and resulting in 62 injuries, $670,337 in damage to boats and $17,500 to other property.

Non-Boating Water Fatalities
In 2008, there were 33 non-boating drownings (fifth lowest on record). These included deaths in lakes (8), rivers (11) swimming pools (8), mine pit (2) as well as bathtubs and hot tubs (4).

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_summary08.pdf

Snowmobiling, All-Terrain Vehicles, and Hunting
During the 2007-2008 snowmobiling season, 170 injuries and 9 deaths were reported to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Eighty percent of the victims were male. Thirty-nine percent of the deaths involved alcohol. In 2008, 17 people were killed in all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) crashes and another 284 were injured. Twenty-five people were Injured and two were killed in hunting-related incidents in 2008.

Source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
More information about:
Snowmobile deaths and injuries at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/education_safety/safety/boatwater/accident_summary08.pdf
ATV deaths at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/education_safety/safety/boatwater/accident_summary08.pdf
Hunting deaths at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/incident_reports/huntingaccidents08summary.pdf

http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/education_safety/safety/boatwater/accident_summary08.pdf

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