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A survey released in November show that workplace injuries in Minnesota decreased by 3.6 percent in 2004 – this after an 8.3 percent decrease in 2003. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) examined the records of nearly 5,000 private and public-sector employers for the 2004 data.

According to the DOLI website:

A total of 105,500 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in Minnesota’s private-industry and public-sector workplaces during 2004, resulting in a rate of 5.3 cases per 100 full-time-equivalent (FTE) workers, according to the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. The 2003 injury and illness rate was 5.5 cases per 100 FTE workers.

The number of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses dropped by 5.5 percent from the 2003 total of 111,600 cases and is 12.4 percent below the 2002 total of 120,500 cases.

Our state continues to move in the right direction when it comes to keeping workers safer and preventing workplace injuries.

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