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Vehicular accidents in the workplace

Car, truck and bus accidents are the most common causes of work-related fatality in Minnesota and around the country, making up 36 percent of all deaths on the job. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that from 1998 to 2000, injuries from motor vehicle accidents were setting back U.S. employers $60 billion each year, with each non-fatal injury costing just short of $74,000 and each death resulting in half a million dollars' expense in liability and direct costs combined.

Leading causes of workplace injuries

Workers in Minnesota are injured on the job due to a variety of different reasons and causes. For some workers, physical exertion can lead to musculoskeletal injuries like joint dislocations or muscle strains. Other workers are injured as a result of an unsafe work environment when an object falls on them or they trip on something in their walking path.

Workplace injury statistics

Many Minnesota workers are injured every year in workplace accidents. Although the numbers of those injured remain high, the rates of workplace injuries have actually declined over the past 11 years nationwide. Experts attribute the continued decline in workplace injuries to better governmental oversight and regulation as well as both employee and employer-driven steps to prevent workplace accidents from occurring.

Repetitive stress injury workers' compensation claims

There are a variety of workplace injuries covered by Minnesota's workers' compensation law. Specific injuries are what most people imagine when they hear about a worker getting hurt. These are injuries suffered at a specific time in accidents such as falling off a ladder or being struck by a falling object. Gillette-type injuries develop over a period of time. Examples of these injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome or becoming ill due to prolonged exposure to a substance. Gillette-type injuries are named after a case heard by the Minnesota Supreme Court, which determined that repetitive stress injuries qualified for workers' compensation benefits.