Minnesota workers may not know that worker injuries in the private sector were down in 2013 from the previous year, but experts also suspect that there is some underreporting. For example, Texas and Louisiana both had fewer accidents reported than Washington and Vermont but a higher fatality rate from work-related accidents. Overall, private sector work-related injuries are down to more than half what they were two decades ago at around 3 million annually from 6.6 million.
Minnesota workers concerned about on-the-job injuries may be interested in the effect that daylight saving time has on work injury statistics. Studies show that the effect is real and offers some suggestions to avoid increased accidents.
Exposure to silica may occur to workers, especially those working in countertop installations with stone. Workers who are involved in industries in which they install stone countertops may need to make certain they are using good safety protection to avoid inhaling the particles.