Fatal occupational injuries in 2002

Information about fatal occupational injuries is collected through the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Fatalities caused by illnesses are excluded. • Number of fatal work injuries: 81 • Average number from 1998-2002: 75 • Fatalities to self-employed workers: 17 (15 of these were in agriculture) • Fatalities to men: 70 • Fatalities to construction workers: 15 • Fatalities to agriculture workers: 22 • Fatalities caused by transportation incidents: 44 (primarily collisions and overturned vehicles)

Employer costs for workers’ compensation
• Employers paid $1.32 billion for workers’ compensation insurance coverage in 2002. • Costs relative to payroll increased 12 percent from $1.41 per $100 of payroll in 2001, to $1.58 per $100 of payroll in 2002. • Adjusted for wage growth, in 2001 relative to 1998, indemnity benefits were up 27 percent and medical benefits were up 32 percent.

Government-generated business costs in 2000

Minnesota
Workers’ Compensation Claim Characteristics

Fatal injury events

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Workers’ compensation statistics resources
Minnesota employers, employees and safety managers can view useful information about occupational injuries and illnesses at www.doli.state.mn.us/research.html. Also available online or by request are: • statistical data about key workers’ compensation issues; • the annual Workers’ Compensation System Report, which examines trends in workers’ compensation claims and benefits; and • the Workplace Safety Report, which provides an overview of injury and illness rates statewide and by industry.
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Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

For more detailed workers’ compensation claim information, please contact Research and Statistics at DLI.Research@state.mn.us or at (651) 284-5025.
This material can be provided in different formats, such as Braille, large print or audiotape, by calling (651) 284-5025 or (651) 297-4198/TTY.

Research & Statistics

www.doli.state.mn.us/research.html DLI.Research@state.mn.us Phone: (651) 284-5025

Paid claims per 100 full-time-equivalent Paid Claims per 100 Full-Time-Equivalent Workers, injury years 1984-2002 workers, Injury Years 1984-2001
Claims per 100 FTE workers
10 8 6 4 2 0
'84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02
Cash-benefit
Medical-only

Claim Characteristics
Nature
of injury or disease Sprains and strains Multiple and other Fractures Cuts Contusions Cumulative injuries* Illnesses Burns Dislocations
*excludes strains

Total claims

2002 claims

Percent of total 56% 9% 8% 8% 7% 5% 4% 2% 1%

Part of body

15,010 2,390 2,160 2,080 2,000 1,280 950 490 380

Fingers 7%

Head 2% (except eyes) Eyes 0.7%

Hands 3%

Neck 2% Back 23% Trunk 4%

Wrists 6% Elbows 2% Shoulders, arms 13% Body systems 3% Multiple parts 11%

(except back)

Number of claims in 2002
• Number of all claims in 2002: 141,000 • Claims with medical, no cash benefits: 111,600 • Claims with cash benefits: 29,400 • Number of claims with cash benefits declined 7 percent from 2001 to 2002
Note: The following charts only include claims with cash benefits. Claims with medical benefits only are not included.

Injured worker characteristics
• 66 percent were men. • 53 percent were between ages 35 and 54. • 13 percent were younger than 25. • 30 percent were at their job for less than a year.

Legs 4% Knees 9% Ankles 4% Feet 3%

Cause

of accident

2002 claims

Percent of total

Toes 0.7%

Minnesota industries By percent of 2002 workers’ comp claims
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Strain or overexertion 13,100 Fall 5,120 Miscellaneous cause 1,920 Struck by object 1,640 Cut 1,520 Striking against object 1,100 Motor vehicle 900 Caught in/between objects 860 Exposure (hot, cold, chemicals) 580

49% 19% 7% 6% 6% 4% 3% 3% 2%

Occupation of injured Minnesota workers By percent of 2002 workers’ comp claims
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Common injury-characteristics
• 22 percent were back strains and sprains. • Most strains and sprains were caused by overexertion. • Lifting was the most common overexertion.
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