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Sept. 17, 2015

State's fatal work-injuries continued decrease in 2014

A preliminary total of 62 fatal work-injuries were recorded in Minnesota in 2014, a decrease from the final count of 69 fatal work-injuries in 2013 and 70 fatal work-injuries in 2012. The 2014 total is below the average of 66 cases a year for 2009 through 2013. These and other workplace fatality statistics come from the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

The 2014 national preliminary rate is 3.3 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers, the same as the 2013 rate. Final 2014 data from the CFOI program will be released in spring 2016.

The CFOI also provided the following statistics for Minnesota's workplace fatalities during 2014.

Industries

  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting recorded the highest number of worker fatalities, with 21 cases, an increase from 17 cases in 2013.

  • Trade, transportation and utilities had the second-highest number of fatalities, with 18 cases, compared to 16 cases in 2013.

  • Construction had the third-highest number of fatalities, with seven cases, compared to 12 cases in 2013.

Types of incidents

  • Transportation incidents accounted for 25 fatalities, the most for any incident type. Ten of these fatalities occurred in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry sector and 10 fatalities occurred in trade, transportation and utilities. There were 34 transportation incident fatalities in 2013.

  • Contact with objects and equipment was the second most frequent fatal work-injury event in 2014, with 14 fatalities. Most of these cases involved the worker being struck by an object or equipment.

  • Nine of the fatalities were due to falls, with four in construction.

  • There were eight fatalities resulting from violence in 2013, compared to six fatalities in 2013.

Worker characteristics

  • Men accounted for 60 of the 62 fatally injured workers in 2014.

  • Workers age 55 and older accounted for 28 fatalities, with 15 of these fatalities in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry sector.

  • Self-employed workers accounted for 27 fatalities, including 19 fatalities to workers in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and four in construction. There were 18 fatalities to self-employed workers in 2013.

Minnesota OSHA fatality investigations

Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) workplace fatality investigation statistics differ from CFOI. MNOSHA investigates all employee deaths under its jurisdiction that result from an accident or illness caused by or related to a workplace hazard. In 2014, MNOSHA investigated 14 workplace fatalities. The CFOI numbers include Minnesota workplace fatalities caused by traffic accidents, airplane crashes, mining accidents, farm accidents and accidents to the self-employed, federal workers and railroad workers, none of which are covered by MNOSHA enforcement.

CFOI program

The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, part of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' occupational safety and health statistics program, provides the most complete count of fatal work-injuries available. Workplace fatalities due to illnesses are not included.

The program uses diverse data sources to identify, verify and profile fatal work-injuries. Information about each workplace fatality (occupation and other worker characteristics, equipment being used and circumstances of the event) is obtained by cross-referencing source documents, such as death certificates, workers' compensation records, and reports to federal and state agencies. This method assures counts are as complete and accurate as possible. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry collects the information about Minnesota's workplace fatalities for the CFOI.

Minnesota 2014 CFOI tables are available at www.dli.mn.gov/RS/StatFatal.asp. National data from the CFOI program is available at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm.

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