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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 2018

In 2018:

  • 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 2018, people in B.C. missed 2.90 million days of work due to work-related incidents and disease and we accepted 131 work-related death claims. The most common types of injury claims accepted by us were:

Strains (other than back strains)
Back strains

There were 155,753 work-related injuries reported to us in 2018. We disallowed 7.8% of the claims.

We accepted 50,000 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 2018 our Prevention Services team:

  • Wrote 44,576 inspection reports and 34,932 health and safety orders.
  • Imposed 366 penalties, representing a value of $5,567,314.

In 2018, we served 245,257 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:

  • 79% of injured workers who have dealt with us in the past year rate their experience as either good or very good.
  • 81% of employers rate their experience with us as good or very good.

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