St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News)- The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is reporting a drop of incidents of injury and illness in the state’s workplaces. 

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The annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses showed Minnesota had an estimated 3.4 OSHA-recordable, nonfatal, workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time-equivalent (FTE) workers, a drop from the estimated rate of 3.5 cases per 100 FTE workers in 2020. The survey estimates Minnesota had 73,800 workers with OSHA-recordable, nonfatal, workplace injuries and illnesses in 2021, compared to 76,700 estimated cases for 2020. 

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"We are encouraged by these results," said Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) Temporary Commissioner Nicole Blissenbach. "While this is good news overall, there is still much work to do to improve workplace safety and health to ensure more workers go home safe and healthy each night." 

The state’s workplace injury and illness rate was higher than the 2021 nationwide rate. There were an estimated 3,250,700 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported in private and public-sector workplaces across the county, which equates to a rate of 2.9 cases per 100 FTE workers. 

The most recent survey included fewer workers in the state. Officials say the 2021 survey included 2.69 million workers while the 2020 survey involved 2.78 million workers.

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