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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 2019

In 2019:

  • 59% of workers injured were male and 41% 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 2019, people in B.C. missed 3.2 million days of work due to work-related incidents and disease and we accepted 140 work-related death claims. The most common types of injury claims accepted by us were:

 
Strains (other than back strains)
20,794
Back strains
11,064
Cuts
5,275
Contusions
4,930
Fractures
3,808

There were 158,184 work-related injuries reported to us in 2019. We disallowed 7.3% of the claims.

We accepted 52,226 new short-term disability claims, issuing the initial payment an average of 20 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:

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

As part of our mandate to reduce workplace hazards and risks, in 2019 our Prevention Services team:

  • Wrote 44,361 inspection reports and 34,137 health and safety orders.
  • Imposed 445 penalties, representing a value of $9,586,952.

In 2019, we served 249,336 registered employers and 2.51 million workers, in more than 500,000 workplaces across the province. Below is a summary of the feedback we received:

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

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