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Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Fatal Work Injuries in Minnesota — 2017

Fatal work injuries totaled 101 in 2017 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 increased from 92 in 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 5,147 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2017, down slightly from the 5,190 fatal injuries reported in 2016, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program.

Type of incident

In Minnesota, transportation incidents resulted in 46 fatal work injuries and contact with objects or equipment accounted for 16 fatalities. (See table 1.)  The number of worker deaths from transportation incidents was unchanged from the previous year, while worker fatalities due to contact with objects or equipment were up from 10 over the year.

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals and falls, slips, or trips each resulted in 14 fatal work events in 2017. The number of workplace deaths due to violence and other injuries by persons or animals increased by four over the year while the number of worker deaths as a result of falls, slips, or trips was up by three compared to 2016.

Nationally, transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal workplace event in 2017, accounting for 40 percent of fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.) Falls, slips, or trips was the second-most frequent type of event (17 percent), followed by violence and other injuries by persons or animals (16 percent) and contact with objects and equipment (14 percent).

Industry

The private agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry had the largest number of fatal work injuries in Minnesota with 23, unchanged from the previous year. (See table 2.) Transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal event with 12 worker deaths. The animal production and aquaculture sector accounted for 12 of the industry’s fatal injuries.

The private retail trade industry had 14 workplace fatalities, up 9 from the previous year. Transportation incidents were the most frequent fatal event with eight worker deaths. Motor vehicle and parts dealers accounted for five of the fatal work injuries and food and beverage stores accounted for three of the workplace fatalities in the retail trade industry.

Occupation

The management occupational group and the transportation and material moving occupational group had the highest number of work-related fatalities with 18 each. (See table 3.) Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers accounted for 15 of the management occupational fatalities; heavy and tractor trailer truck drivers suffered nine of the work-related deaths within the transportation and material moving group. The installation, maintenance, and repair occupational group had the next highest number of fatalities with 13, followed by construction and extraction occupations with 12. Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers suffered nine of the installation, maintenance, and repair occupational fatalities; construction trades workers accounted for 8 of the 12 fatalities within the construction and extraction group.

Additional highlights

  • Men accounted for 88 percent of the work-related fatalities in Minnesota, compared to the 93-percent national share. (See table 4.) Transportation incidents made up 45 percent of the fatalities for men in Minnesota.

  • White non-Hispanics accounted for 89 percent of those who died from a workplace injury. Nationwide, this group accounted for 67 percent of work-related deaths.

  • Workers 25-54 years old accounted for 39 percent of the state’s work-related fatalities in 2017, compared to 55 percent of on-the-job fatalities nationally.

  • Of the 101 fatally-injured workers in Minnesota, 65 percent worked for wages and salaries; the remainder were self-employed. The most frequent fatal event for both groups of workers was transportation incidents.


Technical Note

Background of the program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), part of the BLS Occupational Safety and Health Statistics (OSHS) program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year. The CFOI program uses diverse 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 2017 national data, over 23,400 unique source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process. For technical information and definitions for CFOI, please go to 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, even those that may be outside the scope of other agencies or 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. More on the scope of CFOI can be found at 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, 2016–17
Event or exposure (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

92101100

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

101414

Intentional injury by person

91111

Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

355

Shooting by other person--intentional

--11

Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing

--22

Multiple violent acts by other person

--22

Suicides (Self-inflicted injury--intentional)

666

Shooting--intentional self-harm

--44

Injury by person--unintentional or intent unknown

--11

Injury by other person--unintentional or intent unknown

--11

Animal and insect related incidents

------

Struck by animal

------

Gored or rammed by animal

--11

Transportation incidents

464646

Rail vehicle incidents

333

Collision between rail vehicle and another vehicle

--33

Collision between rail and roadway vehicles

--33

Animal and other non-motorized vehicle transportation incidents

--11

Pedal cycle incident

--11

Pedal cycle collision in roadway

--11

Pedestrian vehicular incident

477

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area

--44

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

292121

Roadway collision with other vehicle

171616

Roadway collision--moving in same direction

--22

Roadway collision--moving in opposite directions, oncoming

855

Roadway collision--moving perpendicularly

444

Roadway collision--moving and standing vehicle in roadway

--44

Roadway collision with object other than vehicle

1033

Vehicle struck object or animal on side of roadway

933

Roadway noncollision incident

------

Jack-knifed or overturned, roadway

111

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicles

71111

Nonroadway collision with object other than vehicle

333

Nonroadway noncollision incident

488

Jack-knifed or overturned, nonroadway

333

Fires and explosions

--55

Explosions

------

Explosion of nonpressurized vapors, gases, or liquids

--22

Falls, slips, trips

111414

Falls on same level

344

Falls to lower level

81010

Other fall to lower level

799

Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet

--44

Other fall to lower level more than 30 feet

--11

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

1255

Exposure to electricity

--33

Contact with objects and equipment

101616

Struck by object or equipment

688

Struck by powered vehicle--nontransport

144

Struck by powered vehicle tipping over--nontransport

--11

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

144

Caught in running equipment or machinery

133

Struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material

333

Struck, caught, or crushed in other collapsing structure or equipment

--11

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, 2016–17
Industry (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

92101100

Private industry

849998

Natural resources and mining

252323

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

232323

Crop production

121010

Oilseed and grain farming

633

Wheat farming

--11

Corn farming

411

Animal production and aquaculture

71212

Cattle ranching and farming

699

Beef cattle ranching and farming, including feedlots

--44

Beef cattle ranching and farming

144

Dairy cattle and milk production

--44

Other animal production

--33

Construction

151111

Construction

151111

Construction of buildings

355

Residential building construction

--11

Residential building construction

--11

New single-family housing construction (except for-sale builders)

--11

Nonresidential building construction

144

Commercial and institutional building construction

144

Heavy and civil engineering construction

333

Highway, street, and bridge construction

--33

Highway, street, and bridge construction

--33

Specialty trade contractors

933

Building finishing contractors

------

Other building finishing contractors

--11

Other nonresidential building finishing contractors

--11

Manufacturing

499

Manufacturing

499

Printing and related support activities

--11

Printing and related support activities

--11

Printing

--11

Commercial screen printing

--11

Trade, transportation, and utilities

172929

Utilities

--11

Utilities

--11

Electric power generation, transmission and distribution

--11

Electric power transmission, control, and distribution

--11

Electric power distribution

--11

Wholesale trade

--44

Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods

--33

Retail trade

51414

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

--55

Automobile dealers

--11

New car dealers

--11

Food and beverage stores

--33

Beer, wine, and liquor stores

--11

Nonstore retailers

------

Direct selling establishments

--11

Transportation and warehousing

111010

Truck transportation

866

General freight trucking

644

General freight trucking, long-distance

644

Couriers and messengers

--11

Local messengers and local delivery

--11

Financial activities

--11

Finance and insurance

--11

Securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities

--11

Other financial investment activities

--11

Portfolio management

--11

Professional and business services

1077

Professional and technical services

311

Professional, scientific, and technical services

311

Architectural, engineering, and related services

--11

Engineering services

--11

Administrative and waste services

766

Administrative and support services

544

Employment services

--33

Educational and health services

31010

Educational services

--44

Educational services

--44

Other schools and instruction

------

Fine arts schools

--11

Health care and social assistance

366

Ambulatory health care services

--33

Social assistance

133

Community food and housing, and emergency and other relief services

--11

Community housing services

--11

Leisure and hospitality

444

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

222

Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries

222

Spectator sports

--22

Spectator sports

--22

Other services, except public administration

355

Other services, except public administration

355

Repair and maintenance

--55

Automotive repair and maintenance

--44

Automotive mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance

--44

General automotive repair

--44

Footnotes:
(1) Industry data are based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2012.

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, 2016–17
Occupation (1)20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

92101100

Management occupations

171818

Top executives

--11

General and operations managers

--11

General and operations managers

--11

Other management occupations

151717

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

141515

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

141515

Architectural and engineering managers

--11

Architectural and engineering managers

--11

Business and financial operations occupations

--11

Financial specialists

--11

Financial analysts and advisors

--11

Personal financial advisors

--11

Education, training, and library occupations

--11

Other teachers and instructors

--11

Self-enrichment education teachers

--11

Self-enrichment education teachers

--11

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

--22

Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

122

Athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers

--22

Athletes and sports competitors

--22

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

------

Other healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

--11

Miscellaneous health practitioners and technical workers

--11

Athletic trainers

--11

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

433

Building cleaning and pest control workers

--11

Building cleaning workers

--11

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

--11

Sales and related occupations

388

Supervisors of sales workers

--55

First-line supervisors of sales workers

--55

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

--55

Office and administrative support occupations

--33

Information and record clerks

--11

Receptionists and information clerks

--11

Receptionists and information clerks

--11

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

988

Agricultural workers

688

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

688

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

--55

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

333

Construction and extraction occupations

181212

Supervisors of construction and extraction workers

633

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

633

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

633

Construction trades workers

888

Construction equipment operators

--44

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

51313

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

--99

Automotive technicians and repairers

--33

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

--33

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics

--33

Small engine mechanics

--22

Motorcycle mechanics

--22

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

--33

Line installers and repairers

--11

Electrical power-line installers and repairers

--11

Production occupations

577

Other production occupations

--33

Transportation and material moving occupations

171818

Motor vehicle operators

111212

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

101010

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

1099

Material moving workers

344

Footnotes:
(1) Occupation data are based on the Standard Occupational Classification system, 2010.

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 4. Fatal occupational injuries by selected demographic characteristics, Minnesota, 2016–17
Worker characteristics20162017
NumberNumberPercent

Total

92101100

Employee status

Wage and salary workers (1)

586665

Self-employed (2)

343535

Gender

Men

848988

Women

81212

Age (3)

20 to 24 years

444

25 to 34 years

121313

35 to 44 years

1599

45 to 54 years

111717

55 to 64 years

272525

65 years and over

213131

Race or ethnic origin (4)

White (non-Hispanic)

799089

Black or African-American (non-Hispanic)

3----

Hispanic or Latino

655

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.

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, April 18, 2019