According to the Department of Labor and Industry
, a total of 101 fatal work-injuries were recorded in Minnesota in 2017, an increase from the 92 fatal work-injuries in 2016 and 74 fatal work-injuries in 2015. This is the highest total number of fatal work-related injuries since 1993.
Minnesota’s 2017 fatal-injury rate is 3.5 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers is inline with the national rate. The data comes from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, part of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ occupational safety and health statistics program.
Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers had the highest number of fatalities in 2017 at 15. The second-highest occupation was driver/sales workers and truck drivers, with 10 fatalities in 2017.
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting recorded the highest number of worker fatalities, with 23 cases. Retail trade had the second-highest number of fatalities, with 14 cases, compared to five cases in 2016.