Fatal occupational injuries in 2005

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 ............................87 • Average number from 2001-2005 ......................79 • Fatalities to self-employed workers ...................23 (20 of these were in agriculture) • Fatalities to men .................................................79 • Fatalities caused by transportation incidents ......34 (primarily collisions and overturned vehicles)

Fatally injured Minnesota workers, occupation
Construction workers and managers Farmers and ranchers Motor-vehicle operators 17% 16% 22%

8% Agricultural workers 5% Protective services 5% Sales and office workers

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Workers’ Compensation Claim Characteristics

Fatal injury events
Other 5% Falls 13% Transportation incidents 39%

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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: • 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. Contact Research and Statistics at dli.research@state.mn.us or (651) 284-5025.

Assaults 14%

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Fatally injured Minnesota workers, industry
• • • • • • Construction ...................................................29% Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting ......25% Trade, transportation and utilities ...................16% Public administration........................................6% Manufacturing ..................................................5% Other ...............................................................20%

Research and Statistics
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Paid claims per 100 full-time-equivalent workers, injury years 1997-2005 [1]
Claims per 100 FTE workers
8 6 4 2 0 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 Total

Claim Characteristics
Nature
of injury or disease Sprains and strains Pain Fractures Cuts Contusions Multiple injuries Cumulative disorders* Hernias Diseases
•excludes strains

2005 claims 10,540 4,050 1,890 1,750 1,300 840 820 590 540

Percent of total 39% 15% 7% 7% 5% 3% 3% 2% 2%
Fingers 8%

Part of body
Head 2% (except eyes) Eyes 1% Neck 2% Wrists 6% Arms 6% Trunk 7%
(except back)

Hands 4%

Shoulders 8% Back 23% Legs 3% Knees 9%

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Number of claims in 2005
• • • • Number of all claims in 2005: 126,000 Claims with medical, no cash benefits: 99,100 Claims with cash benefits: 26,900 Number of claims with cash benefits declined by 22 percent since 2000.

Injured worker characteristics
• 66 percent were men. • 45 percent were between ages 25 and 44. • 12 percent were younger than 25. • 30 percent were at their job for less than a year.

Body systems 1% Ankles 5% Multiple parts 12%

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

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

2005 claims

Percent of total Toes 1%

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Minnesota industries By percent of 2005 workers’ comp claims
Manufacturing Health services Construction Retail trade 10% 8% Professional, business svcs. 8% Transportation, warehousing 6% Wholesale trade 15% 14%
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11,950 4,780 2,040 1,810 1,180 1,000 970 620

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Occupation of injured Minnesota workers By percent of 2005 workers’ comp claims
Transportation and material moving Service workers Production Construc. and extraction Managers and prof. 10% 9% Install., maint. and repair 9% Sales and office workers 13% 17% 21% 20%

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

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