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Statistics: Construction

The following charts and graphs provide a high-level view of statistics in the construction sector from 2014 to 2018. 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.

Injury rate comparison by sector for 2014 to 2018 

Serious injury claims

Serious injury rate comparison by sector for 2014 to 2018. All B.C.: 2014=0.3, 2015=0.3, 2016=0.3, 2017=0.3, 2018=0.3. Construction: 2014=0.8; 2015=0.9; 2016=0.8, 2017=0.8, 2018=0.8. 

For more on serious injuries, see the Serious injuries: Data about workplace injuries in B.C.

Construction sector serious injury claims vs. time-loss claims for 2014 to 2018. Serious injury claims: 2014=1,382; 2015=1,484; 2016=1,461; 2017=1,606; 2018=1,565. Time-loss claims: 2014=6,726; 2015=6,843; 2016=7,036; 2017=7,497; 2018=7,915. 

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.

Construction sector claim count by incident type: overexertion=25%,  struck by =20%; fall from elevation=16%; fall on same level=8%; struck  against=7%; other bodily motion=5%; involuntary motion=4%; 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.

Construction sector claim count by source of injury: working surfaces=19%; metal items=13%; bodily motion=11%; hand tools=8%; logs, tree products=6%; miscellaneous=6%; buildings & structures=6%; boxes,  containers=5%; power tools=5%; vehicles=4%; others=17% 

More detailed data

The following applications can provide more detailed information:

Both of these applications allow you to focus your search by industry, subsector, classification unit, and employer size to see data most relevant to you. You can also incorporate charts, graphs, and data in your reports and presentations.