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Statistics: Health care

The following charts and graphs provide a high-level view of statistics in the health care sector 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 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 health care and social services subsector 2013 to 2017. Acute care: 2013 = 4.1, 2014 = 4.0, 2015 = 4.0, 2016 = 3.9, 2017 = 4.0. Community health support services: 2013 = 4.2, 2014 = 4.3, 2015 = 4.3, 2016 = 4.4, 2017 = 4.2. Long term care: 2013 = 9.2, 2014 = 9.3, 2015 = 8.9, 2016 = 8.5, 2017 = 8.9. Residential social service facility: 2013 = 4.9, 2014 = 4.8, 2015 = 4.6, 2016 = 5.1, 2017 = 5.3. Health care and social services: 2013 = 3.7, 2014 = 3.7, 2015 = 3.6, 2016 = 3.6, 2017 = 3.6. 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 health care and social services subsector 2013 to 2017. Acute care: 2013 = 0.2, 2014 = 0.2, 2015 = 0.2, 2016 = 0.2, 2017 = 0.2. Community health support services: 2013 = 0.2, 2014 = 0.3, 2015 = 0.2, 2016 = 0.2, 2017 = 0.3. Long term care: 2013 = 0.3, 2014 = 0.3, 2015 = 0.3, 2016 = 0.3, 2017 = 0.4. Residential social service facility: 2013 = 0.4, 2014 = 0.2, 2015 = 0.3, 2016 = 0.4, 2017 = 0.4. Health care and social services: 2013 = 0.2, 2014 = 0.2, 2015 = 0.2, 2016 = 0.2, 2017 = 0.2. 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: Data about workplace injuries in B.C.

Number of serious injury claims vs. number of time-loss claims for health care and social services subsector 2013 to 2017. Number of serious injury claims: 2013 = 406, 2014 = 451, 2015 = 434, 2016 = 458, 2017 = 541. Number of time-loss claims: 2013 = 8,659, 2014 = 8,793, 2015 = 8,696, 2016 = 8,884, 2017 = 9,058. 

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.

2017 health care and social services claim count by incident type: Overexertion = 43%, Acts of violence, force = 13%, Fall on same level = 12%, Struck by = 6%, Exposure to toxic substances = 5%, Other bodily motion = 5%, Struck against = 3%, Fall from elevation = 3%, Involuntary motion = 3%, MVIs = 2%, Others = 5%. 

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.

2017 health care and social services claim count by source of injury: People = 32%, Vehicles = 17%, Working surfaces = 13%, Bodily motion = 9%, Boxes, containers = 5%, Furniture, fixtures = 5%, Parasitic, infection = 4%, Buildings and structures = 3%, Miscellaneous = 3%,  Hand tools = 1%, Other = 8%. 

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.