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Facts & figures

Statistical snapshots about the demographics of injured workers in B.C., work-related injuries and deaths, and our services are available at-a-glance.

Statistical overview for 2017

In 2017:

  • 62% of workers injured were male and 38% were female.
  • The average age of workers injured on the job was 42.
  • 13% of workers injured were under age 25.
  • 22% of workers injured were over age 55.

In 2017, people in B.C. missed 2.75 million days of work due to work-related incidents and disease and we accepted 158 work-related death claims. The most common types of injury claims accepted by us were:

 
Strains (other than back strains)
19,015
Back strains
11,010
Cuts
5,450
Contusions
4,855
Fractures
3,915

There were 152,912 work-related injuries reported to us in 2017. We disallowed 8.4% of the claims.

We accepted 48,771 new short-term disability claims, issuing the initial payment an average of 19.2 days after the date the worker was entitled to wage-loss benefits. The industry subsectors with the most claims with loss of work time included:

  • Health care and social services
  • General construction
  • Transportation and related services
  • Retail
  • Accommodation, food, and leisure services

As part of our mandate to reduce workplace hazards and risks, in 2017 our Prevention Services team:

  • Wrote 43,125 inspection reports and 33,965 health and safety orders.
  • Imposed 339 penalties, representing a value of $8,312,782.

In 2017, we served 238,000 registered employers and 2.4 million workers, in more than 500,000 workplaces across the province. Below is a summary of the feedback we received:

  • 80% of injured workers who have dealt with us in the past year rate their experience as either good or very good.
  • 82% of employers rate their experience with us as good or very good.

Your continued feedback helps us to improve the services that we provide.