Department of Labor and Industry

A total of 67 fatal work-injuries were recorded in Minnesota in 2020 during the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), a decrease from the 80 fatal work-injuries in 2019.

Minnesota's 2020 fatal-injury rate is 2.4 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers; the 2019 rate was 2.6 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers. These and other workplace fatality statistics come from the CFOI, conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor.

Nationally, there were 4,764 fatally injured workers in 2020, down 10.7 percent from the 2019 count of 5,333 workers.

The fatal work-injury rate was 3.4 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers, down from 3.5 per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers in 2019.

The CFOI also provided the following statistics for Minnesota's workplace fatalities during 2020.

Industries and occupations

Construction recorded the highest number of worker fatalities, with 15 cases, four more than in 2019.

The fatal-injury rate in 2020 for this industry sector is 7.9 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers.

Natural resources and mining had the second-highest number of fatalities with 14 cases, compared to 24 cases in 2019.

In addition to natural resources and mining, industries that saw decreases in fatalities included education and health services (from five fatalities in 2019 to two fatalities in 2020) and public administration (from five fatalities in 2019 to three in 2020).

The occupation of farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers had the highest number of fatalities in 2020 at 10.

The second-highest occupation was construction laborers with five fatalities.

Types of incidents

Transportation incidents accounted for 28 fatalities, the most for any incident type, which was down from 36 transportation incidents in 2019.

Seventeen transportation fatalities occurred during roadway incidents involving one or more motorized land vehicles and six occurred during non-roadway incidents. There were also two aircraft incidents.

Falls, slips and trips was the second most-frequent fatal work-related injury event in 2020, with 15 fatalities.

This is the same number of fatalities as was in this category in 2019.

Contact with objects and equipment accounted for 11 fatalities in 2020, down from 14 fatalities in 2019.

Worker characteristics

Men accounted for 61 of the 67 fatally injured workers in 2020. Forty-one percent were involved in transportation incidents.

There were six fatally injured female workers, the same number as in 2019.

Workers age 55 and older accounted for 35 fatalities, with transportation incidents accounting for the largest event (15 fatalities).

Fatal work-related injuries among wage and salary workers decreased from 48 in 2019 to 42 in 2020; self-employed workers accounted for 25 fatalities in 2020, compared with 32 in 2019.

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