One Minnesota worker died every 87 hours, or 3.6 days, in 2017 as the result of a workplace accident, the highest rate in a decade, according to the state’s annual report on workplace safety released this week.
Minnesota’s 100 workplace fatalities for 2017 boosted the state’s overall fatal occupational injury rate to 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, an increase from 3.4 in 2016 and the highest in a decade.
Agriculture remains one of the state’s most dangerous sectors. Between 2013-2017, 107 fatal work injuries involved those employed in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting businesses, particularly workers in crop production jobs. Seven people in this sector are seriously injured each day.