Skip to content

Workplace fatalities increased in 2014

By Amanda Silliker

In 2014, 919 workers died on the job — that’s 2.5 workers every day — according to recently released statistics from the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada. This figure is up from 902 in 2013.

Nearly six in 10 (58.9 per cent) fatalities were due to occupational disease in 2014, the remaining due to injury.

Most fatalities occured in construction (232), followed by manufacturing (158), government services (98), transportation and storage (73) and mining, quarrying and oil wells (63).

Fatalities among young workers aged 15 to 24 are on the rise. In 2014, 38 young workers died on the job, compared to 30 in 2013, 32 in 2012 and 34 in 2011. Injuries are also up very slightly with 30,582 loss-time claims for young workers in 2014, compared to 30,380 in 2013.

Overall, lost-time claims have been decreasing steadily for 14 years. In 2014, the total number of lost-time claims across Canada was 239,643, down from 241,933 in 2013.

The industry with the highest number of injuries across Canada is health and social services, logging 41,141 lost-time claims. Manufacturing saw the second highest number of lost-time injuries (35,198) followed by construction (27,003), retail (26,289) and transportation and storage (16,862).

More workers were injured in Manitoba in 2014 than any other jurisdiction. Manitoba’s injury frequency rate was 3.17, followed by the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (2.33) and British Columbia (2.28).

Ontario saw the lowest number of injuries (0.92), beating New Brunswick (1.15) and Alberta (1.31).

Videos You May Like

man who fell at work

Responding to workplace fatalities

Do you know what to do if the unthinkable happens in your organization?
Blame poor conditions, not human error, for workplace accidents: Expert

Blame poor conditions, not human error, for workplace accidents: Expert

When an accident occurs in the workplace, employers often search for the violation the worker committed that led to the incident, according to Todd Conklin, a senior advisor at the U.S. Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Conklin spoke to Canadian HR Reporter TV about his view that human error may actually be system-induced.

Add Comment