Fatal occupational injuries in 2003

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 ..........................72
• Average number from 1999-2003 ....................74
• Fatalities to self-employed workers .................17
(16 of these were in agriculture)
• Fatalities to men ...............................................65
• Fatalities caused by transportation incidents....30
(primarily collisions and overturned vehicles)

Fatally injured Minnesota workers, occupation
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Fatally injured Minnesota workers, industry






Trade, transportation and utilities...................31%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting ......26%
Construction ...................................................14%
Professional and business services .................10%
Manufacturing ..................................................7%
Education and health services ..........................4%
Local government.............................................4%

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 for key
industries.

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Research and Statistics

Contact Research and Statistics at dli.research@state.mn.us
or (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.

www.doli.state.mn.us/research.html
DLI.Research@state.mn.us
Phone: (651) 284-5025
Version 2005-1

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Paid claims per 100 full-time-equivalent
workers, injury years 1997-2003





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Number of all claims in 2003: 128,200
Claims with medical, no cash benefits: 101,000
Claims with cash benefits: 27,200
Number of claims with cash benefits declined
8 percent from 2002 to 2003, and by 21
percent since 2000.

Note: The following charts only include claims with
cash benefits. Claims with medical benefits only are not
included.

Minnesota industries
By percent of 2003 workers’ comp claims
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Nature

of injury or disease

2003
claims

Percent
of total

Sprains and strains
Pain
Fractures
Cuts
Contusions
Multiple injuries
Cumulative disorders*
Diseases
Hernias

11,870
2,570
1,980
1,890
1,340
1,060
1,010
630
570

44%
9%
7%
7%
5%
4%
4%
2%
2%

•excludes strains

Part of body

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Neck 1%
Wrists 7%

Shoulders 8%
Back 24%

Arms 6%

Legs 3%

(except back)

Injured worker characteristics
• 64 percent were men.
• 48 percent were between ages 25 and 44.
• 13 percent were younger than 25.
• 29 percent were at their job for less than a year.

Event or
exposure
Bodily reaction or overexertion
Fall
Struck by object
Repetitive motion
Struck against object
Transportation incidents
Caught in/between objects
Exposure (hot, cold, chemicals)

2003
claims

Percent
of total

10,880
4,090
1,900
1,670
1,190
870
810
560

44%
17%
8%
7%
5%
4%
3%
2%

Knees 9%
Body systems 1%
Ankles 5%
Multiple parts 11%
Feet 3%
Toes 1%

Occupation of injured Minnesota workers
By percent of 2003 workers’ comp claims
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Hands 4%

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Fingers 8%

Trunk 6%

Number of claims in 2003



Claim Characteristics

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Common injury-characteristics
• 23 percent were back strains and sprains.
• Most strains and sprains were caused by overexertion.
• Lifting was the most common overexertion.

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