3 Minnesotans have died from workplace injuries in the past week

Minnesota has now outpaced last year's total of workplace deaths.
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Where workplace safety is concerned, October has gotten off to a deadly start in Minnesota.

This week, authorities around the state reported three on-the-job fatalities, two of them involving falls.

The first of the accidents, reported Tuesday by the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, involved a 69-year-old man named Kemuel Beighley. He was hanging sheetrock at a job site in Bemidji last Wednesday when he fell from some scaffolding. 

According to his obituary, Beighley died two days later at a hospital in Fargo. 

The second happened Wednesday in the town of Watkins, when 51-year-old Todd Shoutz was "pinned in a piece of equipment" at a local business, Meeker County authorities say. He died at the scene despite lifesaving efforts. 

According to the St. Cloud Times, the accident occurred at International Barrier Technology, a company that develops fire-resistant materials. 

And on Thursday, a 21-year-old man fell 150 feet to his death while working at the Wheaton Dumont Co-op Elevator in Tenney, KFGO reports.

All three deaths are currently under investigation.

Workplace fatalities in Minnesota

So far this year, there have been at least 19 workplace deaths in Minnesota, including the three mentioned above. 

That means the state has officially surpassed the total number of occupational fatalities from 2016, when 16 people died on the job

According to OSHA data from 2011-2015, a great deal of these deaths occur in the construction industry, but the industry responsible for most workplace deaths is actually the "agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting" sector.

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