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October 15, 2012
State sees drop in number of workplace deaths in 2011

A preliminary total of 60 workplace fatalities were recorded in Minnesota last year. That’s a drop of 10 cases from the final count of 70 in 2010. The 2011 total is below the average of 69 cases a year for 2006 through 2010.

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These and other fatality statistics were compiled by the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The job category that includes agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting had the highest number of fatalities with 19 cases, compared with 29 in 2010. Construction recorded the second-highest number of worker deaths with 16 cases. The leading causes of fatality were contact with objects and equipment, transportation incidents, falls, and violence.

Men accounted for 57 of the 60 fatally injured workers in 2011.

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