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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 2016

In 2016:

  • 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.
  • 21% of workers injured were over age 55.

In 2016, people in B.C. missed 2.6 million days of work and 144 people lost their lives due to work-related incidents and disease. The most common types of injury claims accepted by us were:

 
Strains (other than back strains)
18,055
Back strains
10,940
Cuts
5,225
Contusions
4,680
Fractures
3,670

There were 149,554 work-related injuries reported to us in 2016. We disallowed 8.4% of the claims.

We accepted 45,891 new short-term disability claims, issuing the initial payment an average of 17.6 days after the date the worker was entitled to wage-loss benefits. The average short-term disability claim was paid for 54 days. 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 2016 our Prevention Services team:

  • Conducted 41,589 health and safety inspections.
  • Wrote 31,781 health and safety orders.
  • Imposed 361 penalties, representing a value of $5,434,627.

In 2016, we served nearly 225,000 employers and more than 2.2 million workers, in more than 500,000 workplaces across the province. Below is a summary of the feedback we received:  

  • 79% 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.
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