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Statistics

The following charts and graphs provide a high-level view of statistics on young workers 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 young workers.

Injury rate

The following charts illustrate the number of time-loss claims and serious injury claims for every 100 young 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 young workers (age 15 to 24) for 2013 to 2017. Injury rate females 15 to 24: 2013 = 1.4. 2014 = 1.4, 2015 = 1.4, 2016 = 1.4, 2017 = 1.4. Injury rate males 15 to 24: 2013 = 3.1, 2014 = 3.0, 2015 = 3.0, 2016 = 2.7, 2017 = 2.8. Injury rate ages 15 to 24: 2013 = 2.2, 2014 = 2.2, 2015 = 2.2, 2016 = 2.1, 2017 = 2.1. Injury rate for all of B.C.: 2013 = 2.3, 2014 = 2.3, 2015 = 2.2, 2016 = 2.2, 2017 = 2.2. 
Number of serious injury claims vs. number of time-loss claims for young workers 2013 to 2017. Number of serious injury claims: 2013 = 660, 2014 = 775, 2015 = 771, 2016 = 761, 2017 = 913. Number of time-loss claims: 2013 = 6,362, 2014 = 6,502, 2015 = 6,655, 2016 = 6,545, 2017 = 6,874. 

Claim characteristics

Incident type

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

2017 claim count by incident type for young workers: Struck by = 25%, Overexertion = 22%, Struck against = 10%, Fall on same level = 9%, Fall from elevation, 8%, Exposure to heat, cold = 4%, Caught in = 4%, Other bodily motion = 3%, Involuntary motion = 3%, Repetitive motion = 2%, Others = 10%. 

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 are potential areas to focus on for health and safety.

2017 claim count by source of injury for young workers: Working surfaces = 13%, Boxes, containers = 13%, Hand tools = 9%, Metal items = 8%, Vehicles = 8%, Bodily motion = 8%, Miscellaneous = 5%, Machines = 4%, Furniture, fixtures = 4%, Buildings and structures = 4%, Others = 24%. 

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.