Ergonomic Task-Force statewide roundtable discussions

First meeting: June 25, 2002 9 a.m. to noon Department of Labor and Industry 443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul • Minnesota's ergonomics injuries, approaches • General approaches to ergonomics • Public testimony (one hour) Second meeting: July 16, 2002 9 a.m. to noon Department of Labor and Industry 443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul • Federal OSHA ergonomics approach • State of Washington ergonomics approach • Public testimony (one hour) Third meeting: July 23, 2002 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. University of Minnesota, Duluth 1049 University Drive, Bohannon Hall, Room 90 • Ergonomics overview • Public testimony Fourth meeting: July 25, 2002 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. South Central Technical College, North Mankato 1920 Lee Blvd., Conference Center A • Ergonomics overview • Public testimony Fifth meeting: Aug. 6, 2002 8 to 11 a.m. Department of Labor and Industry 443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul • Public testimony (first hour) • Summarize testimony • Begin to generate recommendations Sixth meeting: Aug. 20, 2002 9 a.m. to noon Department of Labor and Industry 443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul • Evaluate recommendations • Make final recommendations

Research highlights: Minnesota Safety Report
Minnesota's total rate of workplace injuries and illnesses Minnesotans were fatally injured on the job. Other remained at an all-time low in 2000, according to the findings include: latest Workplace Safety Report from the Minnesota • The rate of cases with lost workdays (days away from Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). work or restricted work activity) increased from to 3.2 Minnesota’s total case incidence rate of workplace per 100 FTE workers in 1999, to 3.4 in 2000. injuries and illnesses for 2000 remained at 6.8 per 100 full-time-equivalent (FTE) workers, the all-time low first • The rate of cases with days away from work fell reached in 1999. The rate was 7.5 in both 1997 and steadily from 3.1 to 1.8 from 1985 through 1999, and increased slightly to 1.9 in 2000. 1998. The national rate is also at an all-time low. The Workplace Safety Report provides information through 2000 about Minnesota’s job-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities. It presents data from the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, administered by DLI and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. • Industry divisions with the highest total injury and illness rates per 100 FTE workers, based on data from 1998 through 2000, are construction (12.2), manufacturing (9.9) and agriculture, forestry and fishing (9.8). • Sprains, strains and muscle tears accounted for 47 percent of all cases with days away from work.

Each day, approximately 460 Minnesotans are hurt at work or become ill from job-related causes. This amounts The Workplace Safety Report is available online at to roughly 168,000 cases a year; about 35,000 involve www.doli.state.mn.us/rsreport.html; printed copies can more than three days off the job. In 2000, 68 be requested by calling (651) 284-5030.
Safety Lines 6 Spring/Summer 2002