A recent study conducted by the University of Regina examined official statistics on workplace fatalities in Canada.
The report provides a jurisdictional comparison of work-related fatality rates in Canada between 2012 and 2017 using data from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC). Job-related fatalities are classified as injury (e.g., death due to job-related electrocution) or occupational disease related (e.g., death from mesothelioma due to work-related exposure to asbestos).
According to the study, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut had the highest 5-year average injury fatality rate (7.7 deaths per 100,000). Among provinces with over 100,000 workers, Saskatchewan’s 5-year average injury fatality rate ranks highest (4.9 per 100,000), followed by Alberta (3.7 per 100,000), and Newfoundland and Labrador (3.1 per 100,000).
To read the complete study, access it here.
In addition, the Standards Council of Canada has a released a report that shows that in Canada, accidents are the fifth leading cause of death for the population as a whole, accounting for 4.5% of all deaths in 2015(most recent data available). As a worldwide issue, The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that approximately 3.9 million people—almost 11,000 people each day—died as a result of unintentional injuries in 2015. That number is projected to rise to 4.7 million by 2030.
To read the full study from the Standards Council of Canada, access it here.