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Statistics shine spotlight on worker safety indicators

To create greater awareness of occupational hazards, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Safety Council have created a workplace safety "dashboard" spotlighting a number of key indicators related to workers safety and health.

"In the past decade, Minnesota has seen the number of work-related injuries and illnesses fall from 124,800 in 2005 to 91,520 in 2015; a 27 percent decline," said Ken Peterson, DLI commissioner. "To continue this positive trend, we need to build safer worksites so more workers go home healthy each night."

"No one goes to work thinking they will get hurt or sick," said Paul Aasen, Minnesota Safety Council president. "No one purposely puts themselves in harm's way. And safety professionals across our state work hard every day to keep their coworkers safe. Nonetheless, the numbers remind us we have more to do.