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Statistics

Agriculture Statistics (2010-2014)

Accident type

Percent STD/LTD/fatal claims, 2010-2014 profile

Pie chart showing claim counts for 2010-2014

Caught in 6%
Fall on same level 14%
Fall from elevation 16%
Overexertion 19%
Struck by 21%
Other 24%


Pie chart showing claim costs for 2010-2014

MVIs 9%
Caught in 11%
Fall on same level 11%
Other 21%
Struck by 24%
Fall from elevation 24%

Injury Type

Percent STD/LTD/fatal claims, 2010-2014 profile

Pie chart showing injury type claim counts for 2010-2014

Laceration 11%
Contusion 11%
Fractures 16%
Back strain 17%
Other 17%
Other strains 28%

Pie chart showing injury type claim costs for 2010-2014

Contusion 6%
Back strain 6%
Amputation 7%
Other strains 16%
Other 26%
Fractures 38%

Statistical overview

In 2013, there were 4,633 employers in this industry, a 2% decrease over the past four years.

Year STD/
LTD/
fatal claims
Claim costs paid* Work days lost* Injury rate (per 100 person-years of employment) RTW (<= 4 weeks) Person years STD duration (avg. days lost per claim) Serious injuries
**
Work-related deaths
2010 553 $10,535,635 40,635 2.6 N/A 20,160 85 150 0
2011 491 $11,063,495 37,830 2.3 N/A 19,859 84 126 4
2012 546 $12,695,134 33,262 2.6 49% 20,631 73 109 2
2013 544 $11,930,220 30,049 2.6 47% 20,521 63 120 2
2014 562 $12,734,157 33,418 N/A 48% N/A 66 105 5
Total 2,696 $58,958,641 175,194 2.5 (avg.) 48% (avg.) 20,293 (avg.) 75 (avg.) 610 13
2007 to 2011 % change 2% 31% 8% N/A N/A N/A -22% -30% N/A

* Note: The claim cost paid and work days lost relate to the claims from all years of injury and are not just the results of the given year's claims.

** Note: Serious Injuries include time-loss claims that represent either a serious medical diagnosis, or a potentially-serious medical diagnosis with a long recovery period of 50+ days paid (10+ weeks off work). Serious injuries also include all work-related death claims.

NOTE - 2014 Person Years are not available until July 2015.

Data Source: Business Information & Analysis, WorkSafeBC, December 31, 2014


Injury rate trend

Injury rate trend for agriculture and all B.C. Agriculutre: 2009=2.5, 2010=2.6, 2011=2.3, 2012=2.6, 2013=2.6; All B.C.=2009=2.3, 2010=2.3, 2011=2.3, 2012=2.3, 2013=2.3

The Injury Rate for the selected CUs increased by 1.9% since the prior year.

Data Source: Business Information & Analysis,WorkSafeBC, December 31, 2014


Claims and employment trends

Claims and Employment Trends in agriculture for 2009-2013. Time-loss claims: 2009=504, 2010=532, 2011=462, 2012=530, 2013=537. Person years: 2009=20,345, 2010=20,160, 2011=19,859, 2012=20,631, 2013=20,521.

The estimated number of workers (person years) saw a slight decrease in 2013, whereas the number of time-loss claims increased by 1 per cent. This has resulted in an increase in the injury rate for the selected CUs in 2013.

Data Source: Business Information & Analysis, WorkSafeBC, December 31, 2014


STD duration - five year trend

STD Duration - five year trend. Agriculture: 2010=85, 2011=84, 2012=73, 2013=63, 2014=66. All B.C.: 2010=59, 2011=60, 2012=60, 2013=58, 2014=55.

The average short-term disability duration (work days lost per claim) for the selected CUS is higher than all B.C.

Data Source: Business Information & Analysis, WorkSafeBC, December 31, 2014.


Occupations (top 10)
Percent STD/LTD/fatal claims, 2010-2014 profile

Occupation type # of claims % of claims
General farm workers 803 30%
Nursery and greenhouse workers 794 29%
Managers in agriculture 258 10%
Harvesting labourers 178 7%
Agriculture service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers 90 3%
Unknown 89 3%
Transport truck drivers 57 2%
Managers in horticulture 41 2%
Material handlers 36 1%
Delivery and courier service drivers 34 1%
Other 316 12%
Total 2,696 100%

General farm workers, nursery and greenhouse workers contribute the most claims in the selected CUs.

Data Source: Business Information & Analysis, WorkSafeBC, December 31, 2014


Age and gender
Percent STD/LTD/fatal claims, 2007-2011 profile

  Male Female Total
Age # of claims % of claims # of claims % of claims # of claims % of claims
0-14 2 0% 0 0% 2 0%
15-24 247 9% 165 6% 412 15%
25-34 395 15% 179 7% 574 21%
35-44 401 15% 158 6% 559 21%
45-54 366 14% 210 8% 576 21%
55-64 277 10% 186 7% 463 17%
65+ 82 3% 26 1% 108 4%
Total 1,770 66% 924 34% 2,694 100%

Young workers (aged 15-24) represent 15%, while mature workers (aged 55+) represent 21% of the total STD/LTD/fatal claims. The majority of these claims were made by males.

* There are 2 claims where the age and gender were uncoded.

Data Source: Business Information & Analysis, WorkSafeBC, December 31, 2014



Accident and injury type
Percent STD/LTD/fatal claims, 2010-2014 profile

Accident type
Claims Claim costs Work days lost
Struck by 21% Fall from elevation 24% Fall from elevation 24%
Overexertion 19% Struck by 24% Struck by 21%
Fall from elevation 16% Fall on same level 11% Fall on same level 17%
Fall on same level 14% Caught in 11% Overexertion 10%
Caught in 6% MVIs 9% Caught in 8%
Other 24% Other 21% Other 20%
           
Injury type
Claims Claim costs Work days lost
Other strains 28% Fractures 38% Fractures 37%
Back strain 17% Other strains 16% Other strains 25%
Fractures 16% Amputation 7% Back strain 10%
Contusion 11% Contusion 6% Contusion 6%
Laceration 11% Back strain 6% Laceration 5%
Other 17% Other 26% Other 17%

Struck by contributes the most claims, while fall from elevation contributes the most to claim costs in the selected CUs. The most common injury type is other strains, while fractures contributes the most claim costs.

Note: Claims with unknown mapped code and uncoded claim costs have been proportionally allocated to coded categories.

Data Source: Business Information & Analysis, WorkSafeBC, December 31, 2014



Other injury factors
Percent STD/LTD/fatal claims, 2010-2014 Profile

Pie chart showing sources of injury for std/ltd/fatal claims for 2010-2014

Sources of injury
Animals (live) 7%
Bodily motion 9%
Boxes, containers 11%
Vehicles 11%
Working surfaces 23%
Other 39%

 

Body parts injured

Percent STD/LTD/fatal claims, 2010-2014

Pie chart showing body parts injured for std/ltd/fatal claims for 2010-2014

Body part injured
Knee 7%
Other 7%
Ankle, toe & feet 9%
Back 18%
Wrist, fingers & hand 20%
Other 39%

Data Source: Business Information & Analysis, WorkSafeBC, December 31, 2014


Serious injury claims

Between 2010 and 2014, the selected CUs combined for 610 serious injury claims*. Serious injuries represent 24% of the claims in the selected CUs and account for 66% of the claims cost paid to date.

Accident type   Injury type
Struck by 29%   Fractures 57%
Fall from elevation 25%   Laceration 12%
Fall on same level 16%   Contusion 8%
Caught in 13%   Concussion 6%
Struck against 6%   Amputation 5%
Other 12%   Other 12%

The serious injury claims in these CUs are more likely to involve fractures.

* Serious injuries include time-loss claims that represent either a serious medical diagnosis, or a potentially-serious medical diagnosis with a long recovery period of 50+ days paid (10+ weeks off work). Serious injuries also include all work-related death claims.

Data Source: Business Information & Analysis, WorkSafeBC, December 31, 2014


Work-related deaths

Year Occupation Description
2011 Managers in agriculture Fatal - Tractor veered off edge of farm road, tractor rolled over onto a ditch crushing the worker.
2011 Managers in agriculture Fatal - Taking down 2 trees when a tree fell onto worker, died at scene with blunt force injury to head.
2011 Transport truck drivers Fatal - releasing ratchet strap with bar, bar slipped and hit worker on side of head
2012 Managers in agriculture Fatal - operating a forklift with a metal fack on it, worker was alone, for some reason worker got off forklift. Was found under rack.
2013 Managers in agriculture Fatal - operator of skid steer loader - Bobcat S630 - failed to make a turn on water crossing, flipping machine on side, submerging cab, drowning operator
2013 General farm workers Fatal - Manually moving a grain auger into a filed when the3 auder made contact with an overhead 14.4 KV power line.
2014 Agriculture service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers Was working alone riding a horse in riding arena, was found lying on floor injured, appears to have been thrown and stepped on by horse
2014 General farm workers Fatal - somehow worker ended up going through auger which mixes hay to feed to the dairy herd
2014 Managers in agriculture Fatal - Unexpectedly head butted by a young bull that worker was guiding out of the barnyard
2014 Managers in horticulture Fell from bottom section of an aluminum extension ladder striking head on a lower concrete wall
2014 General farm workers Fatal - Transferring two cows into a corral when a cow charged worker. Worker was struck on right side, collapsed and couldn't be revived.

Data Source: Business Information & Analysis, WorkSafeBC, December 31, 2014


Terms of Reference

Accident type: The accident or exposure that describes the manner in which the injury or disease was produced or inflicted by the identified source of injury or disease. (Mapped coding level)

Age range: The injured worker's age group as of the time of injury. Child workers are aged under 15. Young Workers are aged 15 to 24. General workers are between 25 and 54. Mature Worker are older than 55.

Assessable payroll: The amount of payroll used in computing an employer's assessment amount in a given classification unit (CU), summed for all Employer-CUs in the report selection criteria.

Assessment amount: The amount of assessment an employer will pay as a result of being assessed at the Net Rate (i.e. with consideration of the experience rating and/or transitioning), summed for all Employer-CUs in the report selection criteria.

Body part: The body part or bodily system, directly affected by an injury or disease identified in the nature of injury classification. (Mapped coding level)

Claim cost paid: The sum of all health-care (HC) payments, short term disability (STD) payments, vocational rehabilitation (VR) payments, long-term disability (LTD) reserves and one-time cash awards, and survivor benefit reserves and one-time cash awards charged in the year, regardless of the year of injury.

Classification unit (CU) is the lowest level of industry grouping used by the WorkSafeBC.

Employer count: A count of the number of employers with Person Years greater than zero in the given year. A multi-classification employer will be counted for each of the CUs that are included in the report selection criteria.

Work-related deaths: The number of fatal claims accepted for survivor benefits in the period.

First-paid LTD claims: The number of claims with long-term disability costs (LTD reserve or a cash award) where the first LTD payment date is within the year. Claims may have payments under other benefit types.

Injury rate: The number of non-health care only claims per 100 person-years of covered employment, where 100 person-years is the equivalent of 100 full-time & part-time employees working in the year.

Inspection reports: The number of documents that record Safety and Health Inspections and related activities. A Safety and Health Inspection usually involves a visit by a Prevention Officer to a jobsite to assess compliance with the regulations and to observe procedures and conditions at the site, or to communicate assessed non-compliance to the employer.

Mature worker claims: The number of STD/LTD/Fatal Claims where the worker is aged 55 or older at the time of injury.

Nature of injury: The injury or illness in terms of its principal physical characteristics. (Mapped coding level)

Time-loss claims: The number of claims with costs related to at least one of the following benefits types: short-term disability benefits (STD), long-term disability benefits (LTD), or survivor (Fatal) benefits and where the first STD/LTD/Fatal payment date is within the year of injury or the three months following the year of injury.

Occupation: The collection of jobs, sufficiently similar in work performed to be grouped under a common title for classification purposes. (Statistics Canada's NOC unit group level.)

Order follow-ups: The number of follow-up activities conducted to determine compliance with corrective orders issued.

Other contacts: The number of consultations, education presentations, notice of incidents and various other documents conducted by an authorized WorkSafeBC employee.

Prevention orders: The number of corrective orders issued to an employer as a result of conducting an inspection. Penalties Imposed: The number of additional assessments applied against an employer due to workers being exposed to a serious hazard or previous non-compliance.

Person years: The estimated number of persons working all year on either a part-time or full-time basis.  Estimates of person year quantities are based on gross payrolls submitted by employers and on matching wage-rate data. (Note: Person Years is not available for some Fishing CUs.)

Return to work (RTW): The number of times workers returned to work in the year who returned within the given period (e.g. within 4 weeks, within 26 weeks). The percentage represents the RTW count divided by the total number returning or not returning to work. RTW is not displayed in a given year if there are fewer than 20 total RTW outcomes.

Serious injury claims: The number of time-loss claims that represent either a serious medical diagnosis, or a potentially-serious medical diagnosis with a long recovery period of 50+ days paid (10+ weeks off work). Includes all work-related death claims.

Serious injury rate: The number of Serious Injury Claims per 100 people working all year whether on a part-time or full-time basis.

Source of injury: The object, substance, exposure, or bodily motion that directly produced, transmitted, or inflicted the injury or illness previously identified. (Mapped coding level)

STD (Short-term disability) duration: STD Duration represents an estimate of the average number of STD Days paid for each STD claim. It is calculated according to the methodology developed by the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), and is based on all STD days paid in the year including days lost on injuries that occurred prior to the start of the 12-month period. Days arising from rehabilitation payments are excluded from the calculation.

STD/LTD/fatal (SLF) claims: The number of claims with costs related to at least one of the following benefits types: short-term disability benefits (STD), long-term disability benefits (LTD), or survivor benefits (Fatal) and where the first STD/LTD/Fatal payment date is within the year.

Warning letters sent: The number of warning letters issued to an employer due to workers being exposed to a serious hazard or previous non-compliance.

Work days lost: The total number of short-term disability (STD) work days paid in the year regardless of the year of injury. (Days arising from rehabilitation payments are excluded.) Young Worker Claims: The number of STD/LTD/Fatal Claims where the worker is aged between 15 and 24 at the time of injury. % Serious Injury Claims: The percentage of Time-loss Claims that are considered to be a Serious Injury.



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