Workplace injury rates hit an all-time low

The latest statistics show a 20-year trend of improved workplace safety

  • Aug. 12, 2014 7:00 p.m.

The rate of Alberta workers being hurt on the job dropped in 2013, according to information provided by the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). In fact, the lost-time claim (LTC) rate is now at an all-time recorded low.

In addition, the disabling injury rate (DIR) dropped in some of Alberta’s key sectors last year: construction; manufacturing; and oil and gas development. The DIR combines information on workers who couldn’t work because of their injury or had their duties modified due to workplace injury or disease.

Despite safety improvements, there were 188 workplace fatalities in 2013. More than half of the fatalities resulted from occupational disease.

In some cases, the worker may have been exposed to the disease decades ago.

While the rate of injury went down, the number of disabling injury claims rose slightly as Alberta’s workforce grew by 2.9 per cent to 2.1 million.

“I’m pleased to see a steady improvement in workplace safety. The hard work of industry, employers, workers, safety associations and government is paying off. That said, there are still far too many workplace deaths. I want all Alberta workers to get home safely at the end of the day.” Kyle Fawcett, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour

The LTC rate is now 1.34 per 100 person-years, an all-time recorded low. That’s down from 1.40 in 2012.

The DIR decreased to 2.67 from 2.72 per 100 person-years in 2012 to 2.67 in 2013.

In 2013 there were 54,140 disabling injury claims, the combination of lost-time claims and modified work claims, an increase of two per cent from 53,081 claims in 2012.

 

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