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Minnesota’s workplace injury rates remain low

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The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses for 2012 contains good news. The results showed just a slight uptick in injuries from the all-time low posted in 2011.

The rate for nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses was 3.9 per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. The rate was 3.8 in both 2011 and 2010. Using these rates, researchers calculated 77,600 nonfatal injuries and illnesses occurred statewide in 2012, up from the 2011 mark of 75,400.

For both the rate and the number, the changes were statistically insignificant.

The survey estimated 36,500 injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work, job transfer or restrictions after the day of injury. The rate—1.8 per 100 FTEs—was unchanged from 2011. For injuries resulting in one or more days away from work following the day of the injury, the rate was 1.1 per 100 FTEs.

The survey identified the most hazardous industries as agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7.0 per 100 FTEs), followed by health care and social assistance (5.3) and construction, transportation and warehousing (5.1).

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