Minnesota workplace injury and illness information, 2002

By Brian Zaidman, Research Analyst Research and Statistics

A total of 120,500 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in Minnesota’s private industry and public sector workplaces during 2002, resulting in a rate of 6.0 cases per 100 full-time-equivalent (FTE) workers, according to the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. The survey, administered by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) and agencies in other states for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the primary source of workplace injury and illness data nationwide. Approximately 4,900 Minnesota employers participated in the 2002 survey.

The 2002 survey summary results for Minnesota can be viewed at www.doli.state.mn.us/xls/blssumtables02.xls. These summary statistics include the numbers and rates of injuries and illnesses by industry. Statistics about worker and injury characteristics for 2002 cases with days away from work will be available later in the year. Additional statistics about Minnesota’s injuries and illnesses are online at www.doli.state.mn.us/blsstats.htm. National survey results are on the BLS Web site at www.bls.gov/iif/oshsum.htm. The survey results are analyzed and presented each year in the Minnesota Workplace Safety Report. The report with the 2001 results is on the DLI Web site at www.doli.state.mn.us/pdf/saferpt01.pdf. The report with the analysis of the 2002 results will be available in May 2004.

Because of changes by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to its recordkeeping requirements, the data for 2002 is not comparable with data for prior years. The recordkeeping changes affected what injuries and illness are recordable, how to categorize injuries and illnesses, and how to record days away from work. If you have questions about the BLS survey results or These changes make direct comparisons between the need more information about the number and rates of injuries and illnesses in an industry, contact Brian Zaidman 2002 results and those for earlier years unreliable. by e-mail at brian.zaidman@state.mn.us or by phone at Other information from the Minnesota survey results (651) 284-5568. includes: • An estimated 62,000 cases in 2002 resulted in days away from work, job transfer or restrictions. The rate for these injuries was 3.1 cases per 100 FTE workers. • The rate of days-away-from-work cases was 1.7 per 100 FTE workers. • The rate of job transfer or restriction cases was 1.4 per 100 FTE workers. • Industry divisions with the highest total injury and illness rates per 100 FTE workers were the same as in previous years: agriculture, forestry and fishing (10.8); construction (9.4); and manufacturing (8.0).