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13-2155-CHI
Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Fatal Work Injuries in Minnesota — 2012

Fatal work injuries totaled 70 in 2012 for Minnesota, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that while the 2012 count was preliminary, the number of work-related fatalities in Minnesota increased by 10 over the year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 113 in 1993 to a low of 60 in 2011. (See chart 1.)

Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,383 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2012, down from a revised count of 4,693 fatalities in 2011, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. Final 2012 CFOI data will be released in spring 2014.

Of the 70 fatal work injuries reported in Minnesota in 2012, 28 resulted from transportation incidents, 14 from contact with objects and equipment, and 11 from violence and other injuries by persons or animals. These three major categories accounted for just over three-quarters of all fatal work injuries. Other major event categories each reported eight or fewer deaths.

Within transportation incidents, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 15 deaths, accounting for 21 percent of all on-the-job fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) The second-largest event in transportation incidents, non-roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles, accounted for nine fatalities. In the contact with objects and equipment category, eight fatalities resulted from workers being struck by objects or equipment. In the violence and other injuries by persons or animals category, all 11 deaths occurred from intentional injury by a person. (Note that transportation counts presented in this release are expected to rise when updated 2012 data are released in Spring 2014 because key source documentation detailing specific transportation-related incidents has not yet been received.)

In the United States, transportation incidents were also the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2012, accounting for 41 percent of fatal work injuries. Minnesota’s 40-percent share of on-the-job fatalities due to this event was similar to the nationwide share. (See chart 2.) Violence and other injuries was the second most frequent type of event nationally, with 17 percent of work-related fatalities. Contact with objects or equipment (16 percent) and falls, slips, and trips (15 percent) were the third and fourth most frequent events, respectively, in the nation.

Additional key characteristics:

  • The agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry sector had the largest number of fatalities in the state with 20, similar to the 19 recorded in the previous year. (See table 2.) Within this industry sector, transportation incidents accounted for 10 worker deaths.
  • Construction recorded 13 fatalities, down 3 fatalities from 2011. Fall, slips, and trips accounted for six on-the-job fatalities in construction.
  • Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of fatal work injuries with 16. (See table 3.) Seven of these fatalities were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers. Workers in construction and extraction occupations had the next highest fatality count at 13.
  • Men accounted for 65, or 93 percent, of the work-related fatalities in the state. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 42 percent of these fatalities.
  • In Minnesota, 91 percent of those who died from a workplace injury were white non-Hispanics. Nationwide, this group accounted for 68 percent of work-related deaths.
  • Workers 25-54 years old—the prime working age group—accounted for 39 fatalities, or 56 percent, of the state’s work-related deaths in 2012. Workers in this group nationally accounted for 59 percent of on-the-job fatalities.
  • Of the 70 persons that suffered fatal work injuries in Minnesota, 70 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remaining were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both groups was transportation incidents.

Technical Note

Background of the program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, part of the BLS occupational safety and health statistics program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the United States during the calendar year. The program uses diverse state, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and describe fatal work injuries. This assures counts are as complete and accurate as possible.

For technical information about the CFOI program, please go to the BLS Handbook of Methods on the BLS web site at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/homch9.htm.

Federal/State agency coverage. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries includes data for all fatal work injuries, whether the decedent was working in a job covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or other federal or state agencies or was outside the scope of regulatory coverage. Thus, any comparison between the BLS fatality census counts and those released by other agencies should take into account the different coverage requirements and definitions being used by each agency.

Acknowledgments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics appreciates the efforts of all federal, state, local, and private sector entities that submitted source documents used to identify fatal work injuries, in particular the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, Minnesota, 2011-2012
Event or exposure(1)20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

6070100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

51116

Intentional injury by person

41116

Intentional injury by other person

--913

Shooting by other person--intentional

--913

Transportation incidents

162840

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

101521

Roadway collision with other vehicle

5913

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

346

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

--46

Roadway noncollision incident

--57

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

--57

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

3913

Nonroadway noncollision incident

3811

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

--710

Fires and Explosions

--34

Falls, slips, trips

14811

Falls to lower level

14710

Other fall to lower level

13710

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

569

Exposure to electricity

--34

Exposure to other harmful substances

--34

Contact with objects and equipment

191420

Struck by object or equipment

11811

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

634

Struck by falling object or equipment--other than powered vehicle

446

Struck by object falling from vehicle or machinery--other than vehicle part

--34

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

546

Caught in running equipment or machinery

534

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward. Total may include other events not shown.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
 

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
 

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Minnesota, 2011-2012
Industry(1)20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

6070100

Private industry

566796

Natural resources and mining

202029

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

192029

Crop production

131521

Vegetable and melon farming

--11

Vegetable and melon farming

--11

Animal production

334

Cattle ranching and farming

334

Construction

161319

Construction

161319

Heavy and civil engineering construction

--34

Other heavy and civil engineering construction

--11

Specialty trade contractors

13710

Other specialty trade contractors

--34

Site preparation contractors

--34

Manufacturing

31217

Manufacturing

31217

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

--34

Miscellaneous manufacturing

--69

Other miscellaneous manufacturing

--69

Sign manufacturing

--69

Trade, transportation, and utilities

101521

Wholesale trade

346

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods

--34

Transportation and warehousing

3913

Air transportation

--11

Nonscheduled air transportation

--11

Nonscheduled air transportation

--11

Truck transportation

--57

General freight trucking

--46

General freight trucking, long-distance

--34

Transit and ground passenger transportation

123

Taxi and limousine service

--23

Taxi service

--23

Educational and health services

--34

Health care and social assistance

--34

Social assistance

--34

Other services, except public administration

--11

Other services, except public administration

--11

Repair and maintenance

--11

Commercial machinery repair and maintenance

--11

Commercial machinery repair and maintenance

--11

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007. Total may include other industries not shown.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
 

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
 

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Minnesota, 2011-2012
Occupation(1)20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

6070100

Management occupations

141217

Other management occupations

141014

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

131014

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

131014

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

5913

Agricultural workers

3710

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

3710

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

--69

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

--11

Construction and extraction occupations

151319

Construction trades workers

81116

Carpenters

--34

Carpenters

--34

Construction laborers

--34

Construction laborers

--34

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

334

Production occupations

4710

Transportation and material moving occupations

61623

Air transportation workers

--11

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

--11

Commercial pilots

--11

Motor vehicle operators

51217

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

51014

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

5710

Light truck or delivery services drivers

--34

Material moving workers

--34

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010. Total may include occupations not shown.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
 

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
 

Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries by worker characteristics, Minnesota, 2011-2012
Worker characteristics20112012(p)
NumberNumberPercent

Total

6070100
Employee status   

Wage and salary(1)

354970

Self-employed(2)

252130
Gender   

Men

576593

Women

357
Age(3)   

18 to 19 years

--34

20 to 24 years

------

25 to 34 years

101217

35 to 44 years

101217

45 to 54 years

151521

55 to 64 years

101521

65 years and over

101014
Race or ethnic origin(4)   

White, non-Hispanic

586491

Footnotes:
(1) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation.
(2) Includes self-employed workers, owners of unincorporated businesses and farms, paid and unpaid family workers, and may include some owners of incorporated businesses or members of partnerships.
(3) Information may not be available for all age groups.
(4) Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The race categories shown exclude Hispanic and Latino workers.
(p) Data are preliminary. Revised and final 2012 data are scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
 

NOTE: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. Percentages may not add to totals because of rounding. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013