Labor and Industry January 2017 News

Labor and Industry January 2017 News
Below is a recap of recent news from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. DLI oversees the state's programs for apprenticeship, construction codes and licensing, occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards, and workers' compensation.
2016 in review:  Minnesota OSHA Compliance
Each year, Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) Compliance reviews its performance during the previous federal fiscal-year, which begins Oct. 1.
During federal-fiscal-year 2016, MNOSHA Compliance:
  • visited 1,979 establishments and identified 3,553 hazards;
  • generated safety inspection results within 23 days on average;
  • generated health inspection results within 27 days on average;
  • resolved contested cases within 119 days on average;
  • conducted 95 outreach presentations with an average participation level of 36 people; and
  • responded to approximately 4,635 phone calls and 1,873 written requests for assistance, primarily email messages, with a majority of these inquiries answered within one day.
The Minnesota OSHA strategic plan is available online at
DLI's PIPELINE Project continues growth
The Minnesota PIPELINE Project is an innovative approach to address current and future workforce needs. It serves as a catalyst for developing industry-based, employer-driven, dual-training programs throughout the state.


Minnesota businesses are taking advantage of this unique program that leverages the state's success with registered apprenticeship. The PIPELINE Project  provides consultation services and occupational competency development for employers in the advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services and information technology industries.


Read more about the PIPELINE Project's industry-based, employer-driven resources.



Solar award
DLI receives solar excellence award

Ken Peterson, DLI commissioner, left, and Dustin Denison, president of the Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association (MnSEIA), display the Excellence in Solar Implementation award given to DLI during the 2016 MnSEIA Midwest Gateway to Solar Conference.
DLI staff members presented at numerous sessions and participated in panel discussions about the growth of solar projects in Minnesota at the event in Bloomington on Nov. 15-16, 2016.

CCLD Review newsletter
New edition of CCLD Review newsletter available

The CCLD Review -- the quarterly newsletter from DLI's Construction Codes and Licensing Division -- is now available. Some of the stories in the new edition include:
Quarterly edition of COMPACT newsletter available
The most recent edition of COMPACT, the quarterly newsletter from the Department of Labor and Industry's Workers' Compensation Division, was sent to subscribers and published online.
The newsletter is a joint effort among the division's four units:  Alternative Dispute Resolution; Compliance, Records and Training; Special Compensation Fund; and Vocational Rehabilitation. The Research and Statistics, Office of General Counsel and Communications units also contribute.
Injury, fatality investigation summaries available
Minnesota OSHA Compliance has investigated five fatalities to date during federal-fiscal-year 2017, which began Oct. 1, 2016, and ends Sept. 30, 2017.
Workplace fatality and serious-injury investigation summaries are available each month from Minnesota OSHA Compliance. The reports contain basic information about the business involved, a description of the event and the outcome of the investigation.
The summaries, plus other helpful workplace safety and health information from Minnesota OSHA, are online at
News release:  State's fatal work-injuries increased in 2015
A total of 74 fatal work-injuries were recorded in Minnesota in 2015, an increase from 62 fatal work-injuries in 2014 and 69 fatal work-injuries in 2013. The 2015 total is above the average of 66 cases a year for 2010 through 2014. Minnesota's 2015 fatal injury rate is 2.7 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers; the 2014 rate was 2.3 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers. These and other workplace fatality statistics come from the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.
Nationally, there were 4,836 fatally injured workers in 2015, similar to the final 2014 count of 4,821 workers. The 2015 national rate is 3.4 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers, the same as the 2014 rate.
Employers have easy access to free workplace posters
Minnesota law requires posting in a physical location for employees to see

The Department of Labor and Industry offers five mandatory workplace posters in four languages at no cost. Minnesota law requires employers to display the posters in a physical location where employees can easily see them. The posters explain Minnesota's laws regarding:
  • age discrimination;
  • minimum-wage rates;
  • safety and health protection on the job;
  • unemployment;
  • and workers' compensation.
The posters are available individually and in five-poster packs in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish. They can be printed or ordered via the website or ordered by phone, email or U.S. mail. Posters do not need to be updated annually, only when Minnesota law changes.
"Labor and Industry is committed to ensuring equitable, healthy and safe work and living environments in Minnesota. Through outreach, education and compliance efforts, we strive to improve the quality of life for Minnesota workers and their families."
-- DLI Commissioner Ken Peterson
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