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State's fatal work injuries continue decrease in 2008

Sixty-five fatal work-injuries were recorded in Minnesota in 2008, a decrease of seven cases from 2007 and 13 fewer cases than in 2006.

The 2008 total is well below the average of 78 cases a year for 2003 through 2007. These and other workplace fatality statistics come from the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

Among Minnesota's metropolitan statistical areas, there were 12 fatalities in Minneapolis-St. Paul (including the neighboring Wisconsin counties), eight fatalities in Rochester, six in Duluth (including area in Wisconsin) and four fatalities in St. Cloud.