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Minnesota Injury Facts, 2008 Edition: The Workplace

Non-fatal injuries and illnesses in 2007
Minnesota's injury and illness rate decreased significantly from 2006 to 2007 (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 2008. An estimated total of 96,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in Minnesota's private-industry and public-sector workplaces during 2007, resulting in a rate of 4.6 cases per 100 full-time-equivalent (FTE) workers. These are the lowest number of cases and the lowest total case rate since the survey began in 1972. In 2006, there were an estimated 107,100 injury and illness cases and there were 5.1 cases per 100 FTE workers.

While there are 100,000 more workers in Minnesota today than in 2003, the estimated number of recordable injury and illness cases has decreased by about 15,600 cases during that same time.

For the survey, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) collected 2007 injury and illness records from approximately 5,100 Minnesota employers. State agencies and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) gather the survey data, which is the primary source of workplace injury and illness data nationwide. Among the key findings:

  • An estimated 47,100 cases in 2007 resulted in days away from work, job transfer or restrictions. The rate for these injuries was 2.2 cases per 100 FTE workers, below the rate of 2.4 cases per 100 FTE workers in both 2006 and 2005.
  • The rate of days-away-from-work cases was 1.3 per 100 FTE workers in 2007, unchanged from both 2006 and 2005.
  • The rate of cases with job transfer or restriction was 1.0 per 100 FTE workers in 2007, compared to 1.1 cases per 100 FTE workers in 2006 and 2005.
  • Industry divisions with the highest total injury and illness rates per 100 FTE workers were construction (7.6); agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7.3); and transportation and warehousing (6.6).
  • Construction is the only industry division with total case rate decreases every year since 2003. The total case rate in construction dropped by 18 percent, from a rate of 9.3 per 100 FTE workers in 2003 to 7.6 in 2007.
Nationally, an estimated 4.0 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in private-industry workplaces during 2007, resulting in a rate of 4.2 cases per 100 FTE workers. In 2006, an estimated 4.1 million private-industry cases were reported nationally, for a rate of 4.4 cases per 100 FTE workers. The 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-two fatal work-injuries were recorded in Minnesota in 2007, a decrease of six cases from 2006 and 15 fewer cases than in 2005. The 2007 total is less than the average of 80 cases a year for 2002 through 2006. These and other workplace fatality statistics come 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 2007:

Industries
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting had the highest number of fatalities, with 17 cases, compared to 23 cases in 2006, which was also the 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 16 cases, compared with 13 cases in 2006, and 25 cases in 2005.
  • Five government workers were fatally injured in 2007, its lowest number since 2003.
  • Self-employed workers accounted for 18 fatalities, including 14 fatalities to workers in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting and four fatalities in construction. There were 21 fatalities to self-employed workers in 2006.
Types of incidents
  • Transportation incidents accounted for 24 fatalities and continued to be the most frequent fatal work-injury event. Fatalities resulting from transportation incidents decreased from 29 cases in 2006 and 34 cases in 2005.
  • Contact with objects and equipment continued to be the second-highest event category, with 16 fatalities, a large decrease from 27 cases in 2006. The most common incidents in this category were being struck by a falling object, getting caught in or compressed by equipment or objects, and getting crushed by collapsing material.
  • Eleven fatalities resulted from falls in 2007, two cases higher than in 2006.
  • Fatalities due to assaults and violent acts increased from 3 cases in 2006 to nine cases in 2007, but were below the 12 cases in 2005.
Gender
  • Four women were fatally injured in 2007, compared to 9 cases in 2006.
  • The number of fatalities of men decreased by one to 68 cases in 2007.
Note: Workplace fatalities due to illnesses are not included.

Minnesota 2007 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


  • Prevention recommendations