The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is reporting a slight drop in workplace injury and illness in the state last year.  Spokesman James Honerman says their annual survey of about 39 hundred establishments:

“Showed a decrease of almost three thousand injury and illnesses in 2021 compared to 2020.  And these survey results are a good reminder about how important it is for workplaces to focus attention each day to safety and health programs  that ensure more workers go home safe and healthy each night.”

Honerman says COVID-19 cases accounted for most of the decline. There were 11-thousand-300 respiratory illnesses last year and 14-thousand-300 COVID-19 cases in 2020.