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COVID-19 claims data by industry

The following table shows the number of claims submitted to WorkSafeBC related to a COVID-19 exposure. The table is organized by sector and shows 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.

COVID-19 illness/ODS claims data (update as of July 29, 2020)


Eligibility Decision


Allowed

Disallowed

No
adjudication
required

Pending

Rejected

Suspended

Total

Total

317

250

41

81

2

65

756

Service - Health Care and Social Services subsector

223

137

17

39

1

29

446

Unknown employer or sector

2

39

6

4
15 66

Service – Other subsectors (including education, business and other services)

17 17

3

3
1

5

46

Self-insured employers

10

14

3

4

 

6

37

Agriculture 25
1   8     34

Public Sector

7

11

3 7
 
28
Service - Accommodation, Food and Leisure subsector 9 1
1 12
 
23
Manufacturing - Food and Beverage Products 18
2
  2     22
Trade (including retail & wholesale) 4 8 2
1   5 20
Construction 1
9
3
 

13

Transportation and Warehousing

1
7
1 1
  2

12

Manufacturing - Wood and Paper Products
  2 2
  3
7
Manufacturing - Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products   2         2

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 15 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 27 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 227
Long-Term Care Health Care and Social Services 125
Community Health Support Services Health Care and Social Services 24
Ornamental Nursery or Floral Field Production Agriculture 23
Poultry Processing Food and Beverage Products 22
Local Government and Related Operations Public Administration 20
Residential Social Service Facility Health Care and Social Services 18
Pre-hospital Emergency Health Care Health Care and Social Services 16
Daycare Centre, Preschool, or Playschool Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 12
Ski Hill Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services
9
Commercial Cleaning or Janitorial Services Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 9
Physician Professional Services Health Care and Social Services 9
Supermarket Retail 8
Retirement Home or Seniors' Home (accommodation only) Health Care and Social Services 8
Pulp and Paper Mill Wood and Paper Products 7
Law Enforcement Public Administration 7
Outdoor Sport Tour Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 7
Berry Farming Agriculture
6
Medical Supplies Wholesale or Film Distribution Wholesale 6
Security or Patrol Services Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 6
Counselling or Social Services (not elsewhere specified) Health Care and Social Services 6
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 567
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 120
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 98
Licensed practical nurses 30
Social and community service workers 27
Nursery and greenhouse workers 24
Medical laboratory technicians 13
Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers 13
Correctional service operators 12
Respiratory therapists 10
Firefighters 9
Paramedical occupations 9
Police officers 8
General office support workers 7
Nursing coordinators and supervisors 7
Security guards and related security service occupations 7
Sheriffs and bailiffs 6
Receptionists 5
Light duty cleaners 5

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 a 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 317 250
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 82 16
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 62 58
Social and community service workers 22 5
Licensed practical nurses 18 12
Correctional service operators 6 6