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
- 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)
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
- 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.
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