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Statistics: Manufacturing

The following charts and graphs provide a high-level view of statistics in the manufacturing 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 manufacturing sector 2013 to 2017. Food and beverage products: 2013 = 4.7, 2014 = 4.2, 2015 = 4.0, 2016 = 3.9, 2017 = 3.9. Metal and non-metallic mineral products: 2013 = 4.4, 2014 = 4.5, 2015 = 4.2, 2016 = 3.9, 2017 = 3.7. Petroleum, coal, rubber, plastic, and chemical products: 2013 = 2.2, 2014 = 2.1, 2015 = 2.0, 2016 = 2.0, 2017 = 1.8. Wood and paper products: 2013 = 3.1, 2014 = 3.1, 2015 = 3.1, 2016 = 3.0, 2017 = 2.8, Other products (not elsewhere specified): 2013 = 2.0, 2014 = 1.9, 2015 = 1.6, 2016 = 1.6, 2017 = 1.4, Manufacturing: 2013 = 3.4, 2014 = 3.2, 2015 = 3.1, 2016 = 2.9, 2017 = 2.8, 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 manufacturing sector 2013 to 2017. Manufacturing: 2013 = 0.5, 2014 = 0.5, 2015 = 0.5, 2016 = 0.5, 2017 = 0.5. 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. time-loss claims manufacturing sector 2013 to 2017. Number of serious injury claims: 2013 = 1,008, 2014 = 1,015, 2015 = 2,056, 2016 = 974, 2017 = 1,011. Number of time-loss claims: 2013 = 6,636, 2014 = 6,609, 2015 = 6,289, 2016 = 6,029, 2017 = 5,930. 

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 manufacturing sector claim count by incident type: Overexertion = 28%, Struck by = 20%, Fall on same level = 9%, Struck against = 9%, Caught in = 7%, Fall from elevation = 7%, Other bodily motion = 4%, Repetitive motion = 4%, Involuntary motion = 2%, Matter in eye = 2%, 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 in an industry are potential focus areas for health and safety.

2017 manufacturing sector claim counts by source of injury: Metal items = 13%, Working surfaces = 13%, Bodily motion = 10%, Boxes, containers = 10%, Machines = 9%, Hand tools = 7%,  Logs, tree products = 6%, Vehicles = 5%, Miscellaneous = 4%, Buildings and structures = 4%, Others = 19%. 

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.