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Statistics

The following charts and graphs provide a high-level view of statistics for small businesses from 2013 to 2017. You can use these resources to quickly see a comparison of injury rates and serious injuries, and to get information on the top injury types for small businesses.

Injury rate

The following charts illustrate how many claims and serious injury claims small businesses have for every 100 workers, and the change in this rate over the most recent five-year period. The ultimate target is to have an injury rate of zero.

Injury rate comparison small businesses 2013 to 2017. Injury rate small businesses: 2013 = 1.9, 2014 = 1.9, 2015 = 1.9, 2016 = 1.9, 2017 = 1.8. Injury rate all of B.C.: 2013 = 2.3, 2014 = 2.3, 2015 = 2.2, 2016 = 2.2, 2017 = 2.2. 

Serious injury claims

Serious injury rate comparison small businesses for 2013 to 2017. Small businesses: 2013 = 0.4, 2014 = 0.4, 2015 = 0.4, 2016 = 0.4, 2017 = 0.4. All of B.C.: 2013 = 0.3, 2014 = 0.3, 2015 = 0.3, 2016 = 0.3, 2017 = 0.3. 

For more on serious injuries, see the Serious Injuries Dashboard.

Number of serious injury claims vs. number of time-loss claims small businesses 2013 to 2017. Number of  serious injury claims: 2013 = 2,252, 2014 = 2,264, 2015 = 2,414, 2016 = 2,414, 2017 = 2,509. Number of time-loss claims: 2013 = 10,810, 2014 = 10,989, 2015 = 11,204, 2016 = 11,145, 2017 = 11,275. 

Claim characteristics

Incident type

The following charts illustrate the leading causes of injuries for small businesses over a five-year period. Incident types that represent a high percentage of claims for small businesses are potential focus areas for health and safety programs.

2017 small business claim count by incident type: Overexertion = 23%, Struck by = 19%, Fall from elevation = 14%, Fall on same level = 11%, Struck against = 8%, MVIs = 4%, Other bodily motion = 4%, Caught in  = 3%, Repetitive motion = 3%, Involuntary motion = 3%, Other = 8%. 

Sources of injury

The following charts illustrate the leading sources of injury over a five-year period. Sources of injuries contributing to a high percentage of claims or claim costs paid by small businesses are potential focus areas for health and safety.

2017 small business claim count by source of injury: Working surfaces = 20%, Bodily motion = 10%, Vehicles = 9%, Metal items = 8%, Boxes, containers = 7%, Hand tools = 7%, Machines = 5%, Miscellaneous = 5%, Buildings and structures = 4%, Logs, tree products = 4%, Others = 21%. 

More detailed data

The Industry Safety Information Centre (ISIC) allows you to get detailed data for any industry or classification unit such as injury rates, claim costs, injury characteristics, and assessment rates. You can use the ISIC application to look at information for any industry and industry subsector in B.C. by selecting the appropriate classification units from its drop-down menus on the right-hand side.