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
- 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)
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
- 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.