Worker Injury Statistics in Minnesota

The Good News

  • Minnesota’s estimated workplace injury and illness rate for 2017 is at its lowest rate since the measurement started in 1973. 
  • Over the past decade workplace injury and illness rates have decreased by 33% in Minnesota.

The Bad News

  • There were 72,500 workers with OSHA-recordable nonfatal workplace injuries in Minnesota in 2017.

What Injuries are Occurring?

  • The industry divisions with the highest total injury and illness rates were construction (5.0 cases per 100 FTE workers); local government (4.8); and health care and social assistance (4.7).
  • Sprains and strains accounted for 38 percent of the injuries for workers with days away from work. The second-highest category was soreness and pain, accounting for 19 percent of the cases.
  • The back (19 percent) was the most commonly injured body part, followed by hands (11 percent) and knees (10 percent).
  • The most common injury events were falls on the same level, with 15 percent of the cases, followed by  being struck by objects or equipment (13%) and overexertion while lifting or lowering (11%).

Many of the injuries that occur in the workplace are preventable and businesses are finding it beneficial to invest in injury prevention strategies. Physical Therapy Consultants offers a wide variety of services that are customizable to meet the needs of organizations. Ergonomic training, employee education, early discomfort management, and individual health and nutrition planning are all available. Please contact Dustin at for more information.

*Data obtained from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Dustin Eslinger, MA, LAT, ATC
Athletic Trainer
Physical Therapy Consultants, Inc.

December 11th, 2019

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