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Statistics: Construction

The following charts and graphs provide a high-level view of statistics in the construction sector from 2012 to 2016. 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 in your industry.

Injury rate

The following charts illustrate how many claims and serious injury claims an industry has for every 100 workers, and the change in this rate over the most recent five-year period. Industries with a higher rate than other industries are considered more risky, while industries with a lower rate are considered less risky. The ultimate target is to have an injury rate of zero.

Construction industry injury rate comparison for 2012 to 2016. General construction: 2012=4.4; 2013=4.1; 2014=4.2; 2015=4.2; 2016=4.2; heavy construction: 2012=3.8; 2013=3.5; 2014=3.4; 2015=3.1; 2016=3.5; road construction or maintenance: 2012=2.9; 2013=2.7; 2014=2.6; 2015=2.7; 2016=2.6; construction: 2012=4.2; 2013=4.0; 2014=4.0; 2015=4.1; 2016=4.1; All B.C.: 2012=2.3; 2013=2.3; 2014=2.3; 2015=2.2; 2016=2.2

Serious injury claims

Serious injury rate comparison by sector for the construction injury (2012 to 2016). Construction: 2012=0.9; 2013=0.8; 2014=0.8; 2015=0.9; 2016=0.8. All B.C.: 2012=0.3; 2013=0.3; 2014=0.3; 2015=0.3; 2016=0.3

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

Serious injury claims vs. time-loss claims for the construction industry (2012 to 2016). Serious injury claims: 2012=1377; 2013=1327; 2014=1386; 2015=1486; 2016=1463. Time-loss claims: 2012=6834; 2013=6660; 2014=6734; 2015=6848; 2016=7044

Claim characteristics

Incident type

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

Claim count by incident type for the construction industry for 2016. Overexertion=25%; struck by=20%; fall from elevation=17%; fall on same level=8i%; struck against=7%; other bodily motion=5%; involuntary motion=3%; caught in=3%; repetitive motion=3%; matter in eye=2%; other=7%

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 in an industry are potential focus areas for health and safety.

Claim count by source of injury for the construction industry for 2016. Working surfaces=19%; metal items=13%; bodily motion=11%; hand tools=8%; logs, tree products=7%; miscellaneous=6%; buildings & structures=5%; boxes, containers=5%; power  tools=5%; vehicles=4%; other=17%

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.