COVID-19 claims data
The following tables show the number of claims submitted to WorkSafeBC related to a COVID-19 exposure. The tables show a point-in–time status of claims as they make their way through the adjudicative process.
The data reflects the eligibility decision on the claim file as of the report date. These numbers will fluctuate over time, as eligibility decisions and employer information continue to be updated. This information will be updated weekly (most recent update: October 14, 2020).
COVID claims data by industry
|Service - Health Care and Social Services||
|Service – Other subsectors (including business, professional and other services)||17||20||
|Service - Accommodation, Food and Leisure||11||17
|Service - Education||19||2||14||35|
|Trade - Retail||1||12||2
|Manufacturing - Food and Beverage Products||18
|Transportation and Related Services||1
|Manufacturing - Wood and Paper Products
|Trade - Wholesale||5
|Manufacturing - Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products||2||3||5|
|Oil & Gas or Mineral Resources||1||1|
|Unknown employer or sector||9||154||7||63||18||251|
Claims submitted for COVID-19 contracted through a work-related exposure are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis. WorkSafeBC will look at details such as whether the worker has a diagnosis of COVID-19, their symptoms, and their exposure history. Workers are entitled to compensation if certain conditions are met.
Claims are allowed when there is sufficient evidence to establish that the worker has COVID-19 and the risk in the workplace was significantly higher than the ordinary exposure risk.
Claims are typically disallowed when there is insufficient evidence to establish that the worker has COVID-19 (based on tests or symptom cluster), and/or the worker went off work strictly as preventative measure. Not all disallowed claims have sufficient information on the claim to code the occupation of the worker; particularly when there is a negative test result and occupational information is not required to make the eligibility decision.
Not all claims registered receive an allow or disallow decision. Some claims are suspended and therefore do not proceed through the decision-making process. This happens after the claims are registered and is often a choice workers make not to proceed with the requirements of the claims process. Pending claims do not yet have sufficient information to make an eligibility decision. These claims could be waiting for test results or other evidence required to make a decision.
Suspended claims may proceed at a future point and receive an allow or disallow decision. A smaller number of claims are classified as no adjudication required, or rejected. These claims may have been filed in error or when the worker was employed by an employer not covered under the Workers Compensation Act in B.C.
Rejected claims are those that do not fall within the scope of the Act: either claims from workers employed in industries not covered under the Act or claims from self-employed workers without optional protection.
Unknown employer or sector means that the employer has not yet been identified or the employer and/or the specific claim have not yet been assigned to an industry classification unit and sector.
Timeliness to eligibility decision on COVID-19 claims
For the COVID-19 illness claims that have been allowed to date, the average number of days from the date of claim registration to the date of the allow decision was 18 days.
For the COVID-19 illness claims that have been disallowed to date, the average number of days from the date of claim registration to the date of the disallow decision was 22 days.
On average, the number of days to a disallow decision is longer than for allow decisions. The reason for the additional time is to wait at least 14 days from the last potential exposure before disallowing a claim, in the event symptoms present themselves later in the incubation period. This extra time is necessary to confirm the worker did not contract the disease.
Classification units with 5 or more claims registered for COVID-19
Subsectors are further broken down into classification units. The data table above is presented at the industry sector or subsector level and the table below provides additional information for COVID-19 claims registered by classification unit.
|Industry classification unit
||Industry subsector||Claims registered|
|Acute Care||Health Care and Social Services||418|
|Long-Term Care||Health Care and Social Services||154|
|Residential Social Service Facility
||Health Care and Social Services
|Community Health Support Services||Health Care and Social Services||42|
|Local Government and Related Operations||Public Administration||30|
|Public School District
|Ornamental Nursery or Floral Field Production||Agriculture||25|
|Poultry Processing||Food and Beverage Products
|Pre-hospital Emergency Health Care||Health Care and Social Services||18|
|Counselling or Social Services (not elsewhere specified)
||Health Care and Social Services
|Law Enforcement||Public Administration||15
|Commercial Cleaning or Janitorial Services
||Other Services (not elsewhere specified)||15|
|Daycare Centre, Preschool, or Playschool||Other Services (not elsewhere specified)||12|
|Ski Hill||Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services
|Security or Patrol Services||Other Services (not elsewhere specified)||9|
|Physician Professional Services||Health Care and Social Services||9|
|Restaurant or Other Dining Establishment||Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services||8|
|Retirement Home or Seniors' Home (accommodation only)||Health Care and Social Services||8|
|Pulp and Paper Mill||Wood and Paper Products||7|
|Outdoor Sport Tour||Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services||7|
|General Retail (not elsewhere specified)||Retail||6|
|Medical Supplies Wholesale or Film Distribution||Wholesale||6
|Commercial Bus, Shuttle Operations, or Public Transit (not elsewhere specified)||Transportation and Related Services||5|
|Fruit or Vegetable Packing or Packaging||Other Services (not elsewhere specified)||5|
|Dentistry or Ancillary Dental Services||Health Care and Social Services||5|
Occupations with 5 or more claims that have been registered for COVID-19 and have proceeded to an allow or disallow decision
Of the COVID-19 claims registered, a subset have proceeded to an allow or disallow decision. Claims are allowed when the evidence is sufficient to establish the worker has COVID-19 and the risk in the workplace was significantly higher than the ordinary exposure risk. Claims are typically disallowed because the evidence is insufficient to establish that the worker has COVID-19 disease (based on tests or symptom cluster), and/or the worker went off work strictly as preventative measure.
In order to protect privacy, only occupations with a total claims allowed plus disallowed greater than 5 are listed.
|Occupation||COVID-19 claims with an
allow or disallow decision
|Total - all occupations||1,025|
|Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses||185|
|Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates||162|
|Social and community service workers||51
|Licensed practical nurses||50|
|Nursery and greenhouse workers||25|
|Medical laboratory technicians
|Other assisting occupations in support of health services||20|
|General office support workers
|Correctional service operators||14|
|Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers||13|
|Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations||11|
|Nursing coordinators and supervisors||10|
|Heavy equipment operators (except crane)||8|
|Medical radiation technologists||8|
|Security guards and related security service occupations||8|
|Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants||7|
|Managers in social, community and correctional services||7|
|Food and beverage servers||6|
|Pursers and flight attendants||6|
|Sheriffs and bailiffs||6|
|General farm workers||5|
|Light duty cleaners||5
|Not coded with occupation*
*Occupation information not submitted or obtained, as not required to make eligibility decision on these claims.
Breakdown of allow and disallow decisions for occupations with both 5 or more allowed claims and 5 or more disallowed claims
Claims are allowed when the evidence is sufficient to establish the worker has COVID-19 and the risk in the workplace was significantly higher than the ordinary exposure risk. Claims are typically disallowed because the evidence is insufficient to establish that the worker has COVID-19 disease (based on tests or symptom cluster), and/or the worker went off work strictly as preventative measure.
In order to protect privacy, only occupations with both 5 or more allowed claims and 5 or more disallowed claims are listed.
|Occupation||COVID-19 claims Allowed||COVID-19 claims Disallowed|
|Total - all occupations||413||612|
|Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates||98||64|
|Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses||82||103|
|Social and community service workers
|Licensed practical nurses
|Correctional service operators||8||6|