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COVID-19 claims data

The following tables show the cumulative number of claims submitted to WorkSafeBC related to a COVID-19 exposure since the beginning of the pandemic. The tables show a point-in–time status of claims as they make their way through the adjudicative process. Please note that WorkSafeBC claims data may differ from COVID-19 data published by the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). The numbers reported here represent claims submitted by workers for COVID-19 contracted through a work-related exposure, compared with the PHSA's COVID-19 data for the general population.

The data reflects the eligibility decision on the claim file as of the report date. These numbers will fluctuate over time, as eligibility decisions and employer information continue to be updated. This information will be updated weekly (the following data is current to July 23, 2021).

All COVID claims data by industry


Eligibility Decision


Allowed

Disallowed

No
adjudication
required

Pending

Rejected

Suspended

Total

Total

3,927 1,337 130 107 16 450 5,967
Service - Health Care and Social Services 2,160 478 41 15 2 101 2,797
Service - Education 324 89 8 4 2 11 438
Service – Other subsectors (including business, professional and other services)
227 70 11 26 4 55 393
Trade - Retail 111 121 19 5 1 48 305
Agriculture
264 31   1
  4 300
Self-insured employers 111 63 4 5 1 43 227
Service - Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 105 39 6 5   46 201
Construction 101 47 4 8 2 34 196
Transportation and Related Services 100 57 4 3
23 187
Public Administration 115 53 4 4 1 4 181
Manufacturing - Food and Beverage Products 122 25 2 11   6 166
Trade - Wholesale 42 5 5 4 1 20 77
Manufacturing - Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products 45 15 5 1   6 72
Manufacturing - Other Products (not elsewhere specified) 42 7   1   2 52
Manufacturing - Wood and Paper Products 23 10 3 3   10 49
Manufacturing - Petroleum, Coal, Rubber, Plastic, and Chemical Products 17 1 1
2   5 26
Oil & Gas or Mineral Resources 11 2   4   2 19
Forestry 2  1  1     1 5
Unknown employer or sector 5 223 12 5 2 29 276

You can also view claims registered in 2020 only.

As of August 20, 2020, claims registered for COVID-19 are first considered under Schedule 1 of the Workers Compensation Act. Schedule 1 provides a presumption that communicable viral pathogens, such as COVID-19, are caused from work, unless proven otherwise. In order for the presumption to apply, the worker must be at a significantly higher risk of exposure than the public at large and the evidence would still have to show that the worker has contracted COVID-19, based on tests or symptom cluster.

When claims for COVID-19 do not meet the requirements of Schedule 1, claims submitted for COVID-19 contracted through a work-related exposure are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis. WorkSafeBC will look at details such as whether the worker has a diagnosis of COVID-19, their symptoms, their exposure history, and whether there is sufficient evidence to establish that the risk in the workplace was significantly higher than the ordinary exposure risk.

Most of the disallowed claims are “exposure only” – that is, the worker was potentially exposed, tested, and/or required to self-isolate, but didn’t actually develop the illness, as confirmed with a negative test result or absence of symptoms.

When the exposure-only claims are excluded from the disallowed claims, the allow rate is approximately 94%. This better reflects the allow rate on claims where the worker developed COVID-19.

  • In the 5% of claims that were disallowed, either COVID-19 was confirmed but there was no exposure in the workplace; or there was not sufficient evidence to establish that the worker had COVID-19 or any disease or condition caused by work.
  • When the exposure-only claims are included in the disallowed claims, the allow rate is approximately 75%.

Not all claims registered receive an allow or disallow decision. Some claims are suspended when insufficient information is available, or a worker decides not to proceed with the requirements of the claims process. Suspended claims may proceed at a future point and be allowed or disallowed.

A smaller number of claims are classified as no adjudication required, or rejected. No adjudication required claims may have been filed in error or there was nothing to consider as the worker did not seek medical attention and did not miss any time from work. Rejected claims are those that do not fall within the scope of the Act: either claims from workers employed in industries not covered under the Act or claims from self-employed workers without optional protection.

Pending claims do not yet have sufficient information to make an eligibility decision. These claims could be waiting for test results or other evidence required to make a decision.

Unknown employer or sector means that the employer has not yet been identified or the employer and/or the specific claim have not yet been assigned to an industry classification unit and sector.

Occupation coding may be updated when additional information is available on the claim file. Not all disallowed claims have sufficient information on the claim to code the occupation of the worker; particularly when there is a negative test result and occupational information is not required to make the eligibility decision.

Timeliness to eligibility decision on COVID-19 claims

For the COVID-19 illness claims that have been allowed to date, the average number of days from the date of claim registration to the date of the allow decision was 20 days.

For the COVID-19 illness claims that have been disallowed to date, the average number of days from the date of claim registration to the date of the disallow decision was 23 days.

On average, the number of days to a disallow decision is longer than for allow decisions. The reason for the additional time is to wait at least 14 days from the last potential exposure before disallowing a claim, in the event symptoms present themselves later in the incubation period. This extra time is necessary to confirm the worker did not contract the disease.

Classification units with 5 or more claims registered for COVID-19

Subsectors are further broken down into classification units. The data table above is presented at the industry sector or subsector level and the table below provides additional information for COVID-19 claims registered by classification unit.

Industry classification unit
Industry subsector Claims registered
Acute Care Health Care and Social Services 1,067
Long-Term Care Health Care and Social Services 1,024
Public School District Education 414
Residential Social Service Facility Health Care and Social Services 224
Community Health Support Services Health Care and Social Services 196
Supermarket Retail 178
Local Government and Related Operations Public Administration 127
Poultry Processing
Food and Beverage Products 115
White Mushroom Farming Agriculture 104
Vegetable Greenhouse
Agriculture
91
Restaurant or Other Dining Establishment Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 78
Counselling or Social Services (not elsewhere specified) Health Care and Social Services 77
Commercial Cleaning or Janitorial Services Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 77
Retirement Home or Seniors' Home (accommodation only) Health Care and Social Services 65
Fruit or Vegetable Packing or Packaging Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 63
Law Enforcement Public Administration 50
General Retail (not elsewhere specified) Retail 49
Electric or Electronic Product or Component Manufacture (not elsewhere specified) Other Products (not elsewhere specified) 37
Commercial Bus, Shuttle Operations, or Public Transit (not elsewhere specified) Transportation and Related Services 37
Ornamental Nursery or Floral Field Production Agriculture 36
Security or Patrol Services
Other Services (not elsewhere specified)
34
General Trucking (not elsewhere specified)
Transportation and Related Services
34
Pre-hospital Emergency Health Care
Health Care and Social Services
33
Daycare Centre, Preschool, or Playschool
Other Services (not elsewhere specified)
33
Coffee Shops, Ice Cream Parlours, or Other Food Concessions (not elsewhere specified) Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 31
Poultry Farming and Related Services Agriculture 30
Plumbing, Heating, Vent, Residential Air Conditioning, or Central Vacuum System Installation or Repair General Construction 30
Large Retail Store (not elsewhere specified) Retail 30
Earth and Rock Filled Structure Construction
Road Construction or Maintenance
28
Physician Professional Services
Health Care and Social Services
26
Marine Container Terminal Transportation and Related Services 25
Ski Hill
Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services
23
Auto Dealership or Auto Sales Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 23
Alcohol or Drug Treatment Centre Health Care and Social Services 22
Floral Greenhouse Agriculture 21
Financial Services (not elsewhere specified) Business Services 21
Heavy Equipment, Machinery, or Parts Manufacture or Installation (greater than 500 lb.) Metal or Non-Metallic Mineral Products 21
Call Centre, Telemarketing, or Market Research Business Services 19
Food Product Manufacture (not elsewhere specified) Food and Beverage Products 19
Ferry Service Transportation and Related Services 19
Overnight and Short-term Accommodation (not elsewhere specified) Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 18
Open Pit Coal Mining Oil & Gas or Mineral Resources 18
Aircraft Handling or Fueling Education 18
Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy Health Care and Social Services 17
Food, Beverage, or Tobacco Product Wholesale Wholesale 17
Construction Labour Supply or General Labour Supply (not elsewhere specified) General Construction 16
Structural Concrete Forming General Construction 16
Concrete Reinforcing General Construction 15
Motion Picture, Commercial, or Television Production Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 14
Courier or Local Delivery Services (not elsewhere specified) Transportation and Related Services 14
Wholesale (not elsewhere specified) Wholesale 14
Veneer or Plywood Manufacture Wood and Paper Products 14
Advanced Education Education  12 
Industrial, Commercial, Institutional or Highrise Residential General Contracting or Construction General Construction 12
Convenience Store, Farm Market, or Specialty Food Store Retail 12
Electric Utilities Utilities 12
Clothing, Linen, or Other Textile Wholesale Wholesale 12
Meat Cutting, Packing, Processing, or Canning Food and Beverage Products 11
Electronic Equipment or Light Equipment, Machinery, or Parts Wholesale (less than 500 lb.) Wholesale 11
Hair Styling Establishment or Esthetic Services Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 10
Insurance, Actuarial or Bonding Services Business Services 10
Baked Goods Manufacture
Food and Beverage Products
10 
Auto Service or Repair
Other Services (not elsewhere specified)
10
Heavy Equipment, Machinery, or Parts Sales, Rental, Service, or Repair (greater than 500 lb) (not elsewhere specified) Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 10
Drug, Vitamin, or Pharmaceutical Manufacture Petroleum, Coal, Rubber, Plastic, and Chemical Products 10
Home Improvement Centre Retail 10
Independent or Private Primary or Secondary School Education 9
House or Other Wood Frame General Contracting, Construction, or Renovation Work General Construction 9
Life and Job Skills Training Health Care and Social Services 9
Short-Term Care Health Care and Social Services 9
Fixed Wing Instrument Flight Rule Operation Transportation and Related Services 9
Specialized Public Transit Services Transportation and Related Services 9
Power Pole, Powerline, or Transmission Line Installation, Service, or Repair General Construction 8
Elevator or Escalator Manufacture, Installation, Service, or Repair Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products 8
Butcher Shop Retail 8
Electrical, Plumbing or Heating Supplies, or Packaged Building Supplies, Hardware, or Other Metal Product Wholesale Wholesale 8
Medical Supplies Wholesale or Film Distribution Wholesale 8
Pulp and Paper Mill Wood and Paper Products 8
Catering Services (not elsewhere specified) Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 7
Outdoor Sport Tour Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 7
Pub, Bar, Night Club, or Lounge Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 7
Fur Bearing Animal Farming Agriculture 7
Dentistry or Ancillary Dental Services Health Care and Social Services 7
Car or Truck Rental Retail 7
Scaffolding, Tent, Staging, or Display Booth Rental and Installation General Construction 6
Laboratory Services (not elsewhere specified) Health Care and Social Services 6
Die Casting or Non-Ferrous Foundry Operations Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products 6
Machine Shop Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products 6
Manufacture, or Manufacture and Installation of Metal Products Fabricated from Structural Steel Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products 6
Wooden Furniture Manufacture Wood and Paper Products 6
Building Management, Building Rental, or Mobile Home Parks and Strata Corporations
Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services
 5 
Casino or Other Gaming Operations (not elsewhere specified) Accommodation, Food, and Leisure Services 5
Berry Farming Agriculture 5
Custom Brokerage or Freight Forwarding (including handling of goods)
Business Services 5
Fish Processing, Fish Reduction, or Fish Canning Food and Beverage Products 5
Concrete Placing, Finishing, Surfacing, or Repair
General Construction
5
Electrical Work General Construction 5
Excavation, or Private Landfill or Transfer Station Operation General Construction 5
Truck Body or Trailer Manufacture Metal and Non-Metallic Mineral Products 5
Hiring or Providing Companion Services or Domestic Childcare Other Services (not elsewhere specified) 5
Barge, Tug, or Other Water Transport of Goods (not elsewhere specified) Transportation and Related Services 5

Occupations with 5 or more claims that have been registered for COVID-19 and have proceeded to an allow or disallow decision

Of the COVID-19 claims registered, a subset have proceeded to an allow or disallow decision. Claims are allowed when the evidence is sufficient to establish the worker has COVID-19 and the risk in the workplace was significantly higher than the ordinary exposure risk. Claims are typically disallowed because the evidence is insufficient to establish that the worker has COVID-19 disease (based on tests or symptom cluster), and/or the worker went off work strictly as preventative measure.

In order to protect privacy, only occupations with a total claims allowed plus disallowed greater than 5 are listed.

Occupation COVID-19 claims with an
allow or disallow decision
Total - all occupations 5,264
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 896
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 623
Licensed practical nurses 346
Social and community service workers 271
Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
178
Nursery and greenhouse workers
114
Light duty cleaners 110
Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
100
Harvesting labourers 96
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations 84
Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
83
Firefighters 77
Secondary school teachers 65
General farm workers 62
Correctional service officers 60
Other assisting occupations in support of health services 51
Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing
49
Retail salespersons
49
Police officers (except commissioned) 48
General office support workers 44
Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers
40
Construction trades helpers and labourers
39
Material handlers
39
Sheriffs and bailiffs 38
Cashiers
35
Other customer and information services representatives
34
Retail and wholesale trade managers
33
Security guards and related security service occupations
33
Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants 32
Receptionists 30
Transport truck drivers
30
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents
26
Pursers and flight attendants
26
Cooks
25
Paramedical occupations
25
Carpenters 24
Electricians (except industrial and power system) 23
Food and beverage servers
22
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists 22
Early childhood educators and assistants
21
Retail sales supervisors 21
Testers and graders, food, beverage and associated products processing
21
Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers 20
Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
20
Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
20
Longshore workers
20
Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
20
Personnel clerks
20
Shippers and receivers
20
Managers in social, community and correctional services
19
Administrative assistants 18
Plumbers
17
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
16
General practitioners and family physicians 15
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics 15
Managers in health care 15
Medical radiation technologists 15
Occupational therapists 13
Physiotherapists 13
Social workers 12
Food service supervisors
 11 
Crane operators 10
Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
10
Public works and maintenance labourers
10
Dispatchers 9
Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
9
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors 8
Airline ticket and service agents
8
Railway conductors and brakemen/women
8
Restaurant and food service managers 8
Welders and related machine operators 8
Administrative officers
7
Delivery and courier service drivers 7
Educational counsellors
7
Financial auditors and accountants 7
Silviculture and forestry workers 7
Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters 7
Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
7
Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations 7
Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade 7
Accounting and related clerks 6
Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers - retail and wholesale
6
Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
6
Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations 6
Elevator constructors and mechanics 6
Hairstylists and barbers 6
Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations 6
Inspectors and graders, textile, fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing
6
Manufacturing managers 6
Mechanical engineers
6
Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment 6
Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
6
Railway and motor transport labourers 6
Residential and commercial installers and servicers 6
School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education 6
Storekeepers and partspersons
6
Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers 5
Allied primary health practitioners 5
Construction managers 5
Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades 5
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 5
Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
5
Senior managers - construction, transportation, production and utilities 5
Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. 5
Specialist physicians 5
Waterworks and gas maintenance workers 5
Not coded with occupation* 260

*Occupation information not submitted or obtained, as not required to make eligibility decision on these claims.

Breakdown of allow and disallow decisions for occupations with both 5 or more allowed claims and 5 or more disallowed claims

Claims are allowed when the evidence is sufficient to establish the worker has COVID-19 and the risk in the workplace was significantly higher than the ordinary exposure risk. Claims are typically disallowed because the evidence is insufficient to establish that the worker has COVID-19 disease (based on tests or symptom cluster), and/or the worker went off work strictly as preventative measure.

In order to protect privacy, only occupations with both 5 or more allowed claims and 5 or more disallowed claims are listed.

Occupation COVID-19 claims Allowed COVID-19 claims Disallowed
Total - all occupations 3,927 1,337
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 789 107
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 471 152
Licensed practical nurses 314 32
Social and community service workers 224 47
Elementary school and kindergarten teachers 158 20
Nursery and greenhouse workers 108 6
Light duty cleaners 95 15
Harvesting labourers 83 13
Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
68 15
Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants 66 34
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations 65 19
General farm workers 53 9
Secondary school teachers 52 13
Firefighters 50 27
Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing
43 6
Correctional service officers 36 24
Police officers (except commissioned)
34 14
Material handlers
32 7
Other assisting occupations in support of health services 30 21
Other customer and information services representatives 29 5
Retail salespersons
28 21
General office support workers
27 17
Construction trades helpers and labourers 24 15
Retail and wholesale trade managers 23 10
Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers
19 21
Receptionists
19 11
Transport truck drivers
19 11
Cashiers
18 17
Security guards and related security service occupations
18 15
Pursers and flight attendants
18 8
Sheriffs and bailiffs 16 22
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents
16 10
Early childhood educators and assistants
16 5
Paramedical occupations
15 10
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists 15 7
Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors 15 5
Shippers and receivers
15 5
Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
14 6
Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants 13 19
Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
11 9
Longshore workers 11 9
Food and beverage servers 9 13
Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators 8 12
General practitioners and family physicians 7 8
Public works and maintenance labourers 5 5