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Thursday, February 06, 2020

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Fatal Work Injuries in Minnesota — 2018

Fatal work injuries totaled 75 in 2018 for Minnesota, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Minnesota decreased by 26 from the previous 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 total of 5,250 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2018, up from the 5,147 fatal injuries in 2017, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program.

Type of incident

In Minnesota, transportation incidents resulted in 26 fatal work injuries and contact with objects or equipment accounted for 13 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 52 percent of all workplace fatalities in the state. (See table 1.) Worker deaths from transportation incidents were down from 46 over the year and worker fatalities due to contact with objects or equipment were down from 16.

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals and falls, slips, or trips resulted in 12 fatalities each, both down from 14 in the prior year.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2018, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.) Violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the second-most common fatal event (16 percent), followed by falls, slips, and trips (15 percent) and contact with objects and equipment (15 percent).

Industry

The private agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry had the highest number of fatalities in Minnesota with 22 compared to 23 in the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents resulted in 10 of the 22 fatalities in the industry. The animal production and aquaculture sector accounted for 12 of the 22 workplace fatalities in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry.

The private construction industry had 14 workplace fatalities, up from 11 in the previous year. The specialty trade contractors sector accounted for 12, or 86 percent, of the fatal injuries in this industry.

Occupation

The management and construction and extraction occupational groups each had 15 workplace fatalities. (See table 3.) Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers and construction trades workers each accounted for 13 of the 15 fatalities in their respective occupational group. The transportation and material moving occupational group had the third highest number of workplace fatalities with 14. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers suffered five of the work-related deaths within the transportation and material moving group.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 89 percent of the work-related fatalities in Minnesota, compared to 92 percent nationally. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 31 percent of the fatalities for men in Minnesota.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 84 percent of those who died from a workplace injury. Nationwide, this group accounted for 65 percent of work-related deaths.

  • Workers 25-54 years old accounted for 48 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2018, compared to 58 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 75 fatal work injuries in Minnesota, 73 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for wage and salary workers and self-employed workers was transportation incidents.


Technical Note

Background of the program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), part of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Safety and Health Statistics (OSHS) program, is a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year. The CFOI uses a variety of state, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and describe fatal work injuries. This ensures counts are as complete and accurate as possible. For the 2018 national data, over 24,800 unique source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process. For technical information and definitions for the CFOI, see the BLS Handbook of Methods on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/cfoi/home.htm.

Federal/State agency coverage. The CFOI includes data for all fatal work injuries, some of which may be outside the scope of other agencies or regulatory coverage. Comparisons between CFOI counts and those released by other agencies should account for the different coverage requirements and definitions used by each agency. For more information on the scope of CFOI, see www.bls.gov/iif/cfoiscope.htm and www.bls.gov/opub/hom/cfoi/concepts.htm.

Acknowledgments. BLS thanks the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for their efforts in collecting accurate, comprehensive, and useful data on fatal work injuries. BLS also appreciates the efforts of all federal, state, local, and private sector entities that provided source documents used to identify fatal work injuries. Among these agencies are the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; the National Transportation Safety Board; the U.S. Coast Guard; the Mine Safety and Health Administration; the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (Federal Employees' Compensation and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation divisions); the Federal Railroad Administration; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; state vital statistics registrars, coroners, and medical examiners; state departments of health, labor, and industrial relations and workers' compensation agencies; state and local police departments; and state farm bureaus.

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, 2017–18
Event or exposure (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

10175100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

141216

Intentional injury by person

111013

Intentional injury by other person

545

Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing

211

Hitting, kicking, beating, shoving

--23

Self-inflicted injury--intentional

668

Animal and insect related incidents

------

Struck by animal

------

Trampled by or stepped on by animal

--11

Transportation incidents

462635

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

211419

Roadway collision with other vehicle

161115

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

234

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

545

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

434

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

1179

Nonroadway noncollision incident

868

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

345

Fires and explosions

5----

Explosions

--11

Falls, slips, trips

141216

Falls on same level

457

Falls to lower level

1079

Other fall to lower level

957

Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet

411

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

5912

Exposure to electricity

334

Exposure to other harmful substances

--57

Contact with objects and equipment

161317

Struck by object or equipment

8912

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

445

Struck or run over by rolling powered vehicle

--11

Struck by other falling powered vehicle

--11

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

--45

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

445

Overexertion and bodily reaction

------

Footnotes:
(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward.

NOTE: Data for all years are final. 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. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by industry, Minnesota, 2017–18
Industry (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

10175100

Private industry

996992

Goods producing

434155

Natural resources and mining

232229

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

232229

Crop production

1079

Oilseed and grain farming

345

Corn farming

134

Other crop farming

--11

Hay farming

--11

Animal production and aquaculture

121216

Cattle ranching and farming

968

Dairy cattle and milk production

445

Sheep and goat farming

--11

Sheep farming

--11

Other animal production

3----

Horses and other equine production

--11

Construction

111419

Construction

111419

Specialty trade contractors

31216

Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors

--68

Roofing contractors

--45

Building finishing contractors

------

Drywall and insulation contractors

--11

Manufacturing

957

Manufacturing

957

Primary metal manufacturing

--11

Steel product manufacturing from purchased steel

--11

Iron and steel pipe and tube manufacturing from purchased steel

--11

Service providing

562837

Trade, transportation, and utilities

291317

Utilities

111

Utilities

111

Electric power generation, transmission and distribution

111

Electric power transmission, control, and distribution

111

Electric power distribution

111

Wholesale trade

457

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

334

Retail trade

1434

Transportation and warehousing

1045

Truck transportation

623

General freight trucking

411

General freight trucking, long-distance

411

General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload

--11

Specialized freight trucking

--11

Specialized freight (except used goods) trucking, local

--11

Information

------

Financial activities

1----

Professional and business services

768

Administrative and waste services

657

Administrative and support services

445

Educational and health services

1034

Health care and social assistance

634

Nursing and residential care facilities

--11

Continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities for the elderly

--11

Continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities for the elderly

--11

Continuing care retirement communities

--11

Leisure and hospitality

4----

Other services, except public administration

545

Other services, except public administration

545

Government (2)

--68

Federal government

--11

State government

--23

Local government

--34

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2012.
(2) Includes fatal injuries to workers employed by governmental organizations regardless of industry.

NOTE: Data for all years are final. 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. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries by occupation, Minnesota, 2017–18
Occupation (1)20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

10175100

Management occupations

181520

Top executives

111

General and operations managers

111

General and operations managers

111

Other management occupations

171419

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

151317

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

151317

Business and financial operations occupations

1----

Computer and mathematical occupations

------

Architecture and engineering occupations

------

Life, physical, and social science occupations

------

Community and social services occupations

------

Legal occupations

------

Education, training, and library occupations

1----

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

2----

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

--11

Health diagnosing and treating practitioners

--11

Therapists

--11

Occupational therapists

--11

Healthcare support occupations

------

Protective service occupations

--45

Supervisors of protective service workers

------

First-line supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers

--11

First-line supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers

--11

Law enforcement workers

--23

Bailiffs, correctional officers, and jailers

--23

Correctional officers and jailers

--23

Food preparation and serving related occupations

------

Cooks and food preparation workers

--11

Cooks

--11

Cooks, institution and cafeteria

--11

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

357

Personal care and service occupations

------

Sales and related occupations

8----

Office and administrative support occupations

3----

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

879

Agricultural workers

857

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

857

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

334

Construction and extraction occupations

121520

Construction trades workers

81317

Electricians

--45

Electricians

--45

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

1334

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

3----

Line installers and repairers

111

Electrical power-line installers and repairers

111

Production occupations

745

Metal workers and plastic workers

------

Welding, soldering, and brazing workers

--11

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

--11

Transportation and material moving occupations

181419

Motor vehicle operators

121013

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

10912

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

957

Material moving workers

445

Laborers and material movers, hand

--45

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

--34

Military specific occupations (2)

------

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.
(2) Includes fatal injuries to persons identified as resident armed forces regardless of individual occupation listed.

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. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Table 4. Fatal occupational injuries by selected demographic characteristics, Minnesota, 2017–18
Worker characteristics20172018
NumberNumberPercent

Total

10175100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

665573

Self-employed (2)

352027

Gender

Men

896789

Women

12811

Age (3)

18 to 19 years

--34

25 to 34 years

131520

35 to 44 years

9912

45 to 54 years

171216

55 to 64 years

251115

65 years and over

312229

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White, non-Hispanic

906384

Black or African-American, non-Hispanic

--34

Hispanic or Latino

5----

American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic

--57

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 data for Hispanics and Latinos.

NOTE: Data for all years are final. 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. Dashes indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, February 06, 2020