The latest report shows Minnesota had 67 fatal work injuries in 2020, down from 80 the year before:
Construction accounted for the highest number of fatalities, 15, four more than in 2019. Natural resources and mining was number two with 14 deaths, versus 24 the year before. Education and health services, and public administration also saw drops in worker deaths in 2020. Fatal occupational illnesses, including COVID, are beyond the scope of the report unless they were precipitated by an acute injury. Meanwhile in federal fiscal year 2020, Minnesota OSHA investigated 30 employee deaths under its jurisdiction caused by, or related to, a workplace hazard.