Aug. 27, 2013
A preliminary total of 70 fatal work-injuries were recorded in Minnesota in 2012, an increase of 10 cases from the final count of 60 fatal work-injuries in 2011, but the same number as in 2010. The 2012 total is above the average of 66 cases a year for 2007 through 2011. 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. Final 2012 data from the CFOI program will be released next spring.
The CFOI also provided the following statistics for Minnesota's workplace fatalities during 2012.
Minnesota OSHA's 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 2012, Minnesota OSHA investigated 17 workplace fatalities. The CFOI numbers include Minnesota workplace fatalities caused by traffic accidents, airplane crashes, mining accidents, federal workers, railroad workers, farm accidents and accidents to the self-employed, none of which are covered by state OSHA enforcement.
The CFOI, 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 CFOI 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.
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