101 on-the-job deaths in Minnesota in 2017, the highest total since 1993

More than 100 people were killed at work in 2017.
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More than 100 people died at work in Minnesota in 2017, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. 

The 101 on-the-job deaths are the highest total in Minnesota since 1993, and the third-highest since the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries started keeping track in 1992. It's also the third year in a row with a significant increase. 

  • 2017: 101 deaths
  • 2016: 92 deaths
  • 2015: 74 deaths

Nearly 25 percent of the work-related fatalities in Minnesota in 2017 were in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry, which had 23 workers lose their lives. Fifteen of the 23 were farmers, ranchers or agricultural managers. 

Retail trade workers accounted for 14 deaths, up from five in 2016, and 11 construction workers will killed in 2017, down from 15 the year before. 

The cause of death in 46 of the 101 cases were automobile-related – defined as crashes, non-roadway incidents and pedestrian-vehicle incidents.

The second leading cause of death was from contact with objects, which killed 16 workers.

Fourteen people died from falls and another 14 were killed as a result of violence or intentional injury from another person or animal. 

Six deaths were work-related suicides.  

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