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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 claims data (as of May 20, 2020)


Eligibility Decision


Allowed

Disallowed

No
adjudication
required

Pending

Rejected

Suspended

Total

Total

161

120

38

110

1

44

474

Service - Health Care and Social Services subsector

104

65

14

60

1

19

263

Unknown employer or sector

2

13

6

14


15

50

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

14

6

3

5

 

3

31

Self-insured employers

4

7

3

11

 

2

27

Agriculture 25
          25

Public Sector

6

9

3

2

 

20

Trade (including retail & wholesale) 1
5 2
5   1 14
Service - Accommodation, Food and Leisure subsector 2 1
1 7  
11

Construction

1
4
3

2

 

10

Transportation and Warehousing

1
5 1

2

  1

10

Manufacturing - Wood and Paper Products
  2 2
  3
7
Manufacturing - Food and Beverage Products 1
1
  2     4
Manufacturing - Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products   2         2

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 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.

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

146

Long-Term Care

Health Care and Social Services

50

Ornamental Nursery or Floral Field Production Agriculture
23

Residential Social Service Facility

Health Care and Social Services

15

Pre-hospital Emergency Health Care Health Care and Social Services 14

Local Government and Related Operations

Public Administration

12

Daycare Centre, Preschool, or Playschool

Other Services (not elsewhere specified)

12

Community Health Support Services

Health Care and Social Services

10
Physician Professional Services Health Care and Social Services
9

Pulp and Paper Mill

Wood and Paper Products

7

Supermarket

Retail

7

Law Enforcement
Public Administration
7
Outdoor Sport Tour Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 7
Retirement Home or Seniors' Home (accommodation only)
Health Care and Social Services
6
Commercial Cleaning or Janitorial Services Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 5
Security or Patrol Services
Other Services (not elsewhere specified)
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

281

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

58

Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

39

Nursery and greenhouse workers 24

Social and community service workers

23

Licensed practical nurses

14

Firefighters

8

Police officers 7
Paramedical occupations 6
Medical laboratory technicians 5
Respiratory therapists 5