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Statistics

Agriculture Statistics (2007-2011)

Statistical Overview

As of April 30, 2012, there were 5,202 employers registererd in the Agriculture industry.

Year STD/
LTD/
Fatal Claims
Claim Costs Paid* Work Days Paid* Injury Rate** Person Years STD Duration (Avg. Days Lost per Claim) Serious Injuries
***
Fatal-
ities
2007 734 $8,419,849 34,899 3.6 19,398 56 259 3
2008 624 $10,521,232 33,233 3.2 19,278 57 247 4
2009 517 $8,003,959 35,627 2.5 20,312 70 219 3
2010 554 $10,535,635 40,635 2.6 20,103 85 255 0
2011 488 $11,063,495 37,830 N/AN/A 84 219 4
Total 2,917 $48,544,170 182,224 3 (Avg.) 19,773 (Avg.) 70 1,199 14
2007 to 2011 % Change -34% 31% 8% N/AN/A 50% -15% 33%

* 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 claims with 28 or more work days paid, health care costs in excess of the equivalent of 28 or more days paid, a fatality, or one of the 275 selected ICD9 codes, and is first-paid within the month of injury or the three months following.

NOTE - 2011 Person Years are not available until July 2012.

Data Source: WorkSafeBC Business Information & Analysis, March 31st, 2012


Injury Rate Trend

Graph showing a comparison between the injury rate for agriculture compared to all of B.C. industries combined

The Injury Rate for the Agriculture Subsector remains higher than the Injury Rate for all B.C. CU's combined.

NOTE - 2011 Injury Rate is not available at this time, since Person Years for the period releases only by July 2012.

Data Source: WorkSafeBC Business Information & Analysis, March 31st, 2012


Claims and Employment Trends

Claims vs. Employment Trends in agriculture for 2007-2011

The estimated number of workers (Person Years) saw a slight decrease in 2010. Meanwhile, payroll has increased by 3%.

NOTE - 2011 Injury Rate is not available at this time, since Person Years for the period releases only by July 2012.

Data Source: WorkSafeBC Business Information & Analysis, March 31st, 2012


STD Duration - Five Year Trend

Average STD Duration 2007-2011 for agriculture.

The Average STD Duration for the selected CUs is higher than all-B.C.

Data Source: WorkSafeBC Business Information & Analysis, March 31st, 2012


Occupations (Top 10)
% STD/LTD/Fatal Claims, 2007-2011 Profile

Occupation Type # of Claims % of Claims
Nursery and Greenhouse Workers 1,034 35%
General Farm Workers 784 27%
Farmers and Farm Managers 343 12%
Harvesting Labourers 153 5%
Truck Drivers 72 2%
Material Handlers 38 1%
Nursery and Greenhouse Operators and Managers 34 1%
Pet Groomers and Animal Care Workers 33 1%
Delivery Drivers 26 1%
Shippers and Receivers 25 1%
Other 375 13%
Total 2,917 100%

Nursery and Greenhouse Workers, General Farm Workers account for the significant majority of the claims in the selected CUs.

Data Source: WorkSafeBC Business Information & Analysis, March 31st, 2012


Age and Gender
% 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 6 0% 0 0% 6 0%
15-24 262 9% 186 6% 447 15%
25-34 422 14% 187 6% 609 21%
35-44 430 15% 206 7% 636 22%
45-54 389 13% 309 11% 698 24%
55-64 256 9% 161 6% 417 14%
65+ 73 3% 25 1% 98 3%
Total 1,837 63% 1,074 37% 2,911 100%

Young Workers (aged 15-24) represent 15%, while Mature Workers (aged 55+) represent 18% of the total STD/LTD/Fatal Claims. The majority of these claims were made by males.

* There are 6 claims where the age and gender were uncoded.

Data Source: WorkSafeBC Business Information & Analysis, March 31st, 2012



Accident and Injury Type
% STD/LTD/Fatal Claims, 2007-2011 Profile

ACCIDENT TYPE
Claims Claim Costs Days Paid
Struck by 23% Fall from elevation 25% Fall from elevation 24%
Overexertion 18% Struck by 22% Struck by 21%
Fall from elevation 16% MVIs 12% Fall on same level 15%
Fall on same level 13% Fall on same level 9% Overexertion 12%
Other bodily motion 6% Caught in 8% MVIs 9%
Other 23% Other 23% Other 19%
           
INJURY TYPE
Claims Claim Costs Days Paid
Other strains 26% Fractures 39% Fractures 38%
Fractures 16% Other strains 16% Other strains 24%
Back strain 16% Contusion 7% Back strain 10%
Contusion 14% Back strain 6% Contusion 8%
Laceration 11% Multiple injuries 5% Laceration 4%
Other 17% Other 27% Other 17%

Data Source: WorkSafeBC Business Information & Analysis, March 31st, 2012



Sources of Injury
% STD/LTD/Fatal Claims, 2007-2011

Pie chart showing sources of injury for std/ltd/fatal claims for 2007-2011

Sources of Injury
Animals (live) 7%
Boxes, Containers 10%
Bodily Motion 11%
Vehicles 12%
Working Surfaces 24%
Other 36%

 

Body Parts Injured

% STD/LTD/Fatal Claims, 2007-2010

Pie chart showing body parts injured for std/ltd/fatal claims for 2007-2010

Body Part Injured
Knee 6%
Shoulders 7%
Ankle, Toe & Feet 10%
Back 18%
Wrist, Fingers & Hand 21%
Other 38%

Data Source: WorkSafeBC Business Information & Analysis, March 31st, 2010


Serious Injury Claims

Between 2007 and 2011, the selected CUs combined for 1,199 Serious Injury Claims*. Serious injuries represent 45% of the claims in the classification unit.

Accident Type   Injury Type
Fall from elevation 23%   Fractures 34%
Struck by 21%   Other strains 24%
Fall on same level 16%   Back strain 13%
Overexertion 14%   Contusion 9%
Caught in 9%   Laceration 6%
Other 18%   Other 14%

Serious injury claim characteristics are generally similar to those of non-serious injuries, although the serious injury claims in these CUs are slightly more likely to involve: fractures.

* Serious Injuries include claims with 28 or more work days paid, health care costs in excess of the equivalent of 28 or more days paid, a fatality, or one of 275 selected ICD9 codes, and is first-paid within the month of injury or the three months following.

Data Source: WorkSafeBC Business Information & Analysis, March 31st, 2010


Accepted Fatalities

2011 Dairy Farmer Farm tractor rolled down an embankment, crushing the operator.
2011 Farmer Worker was struck in the head by a falling tree.
2011 Truck Driver Using a bar to release a ratchet strap, bar slipped and struck worker on head.
2011 Dairy Farmer Worker was crushed while repairing a flat tire on an a-frame reach chassis of an irrigation reel when the equipment overturned.
2009 Farm Worker Farm tractor overturned.
2009 Herdsman Tractor overturned.
2009 Nursery Labourer Worker was operating an atv and collided with a parked semi-trailer.
2008 Farm Hand Working in pumphouse of brown water containment pond, pipe came apart and sludge released, creating an oxygen depleted
2008 Farm Hand Working in pumphouse of brown water containment pond, pipe came apart and sludge released, creating an oxygen depleted
2008 Farm Hand Working in pumphouse of brown water containment pond, pipe came apart and sludge released, creating an oxygen depleted
2008 Ranch Manager Immersion pump being moved by excavator slipped and fell on worker.
2007 Farm Worker Involved in a single motor vehicle accident.
2007 Farm Worker Involved in a single motor vehicle accident.
2007 Farmer Involved in a single motor vehicle accident.

Data Source: WorkSafeBC Business Information & Analysis, March 31st, 2012


Terms of Reference

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)

Non-HCO Claims (Time Loss Claims): The number of claims with costs related to at least one of the following benefit 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 SOC91 coding level.)

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.)

Serious Injury Claims: The number of claims with a first Short Term Disability (STD), Long Term Disability (LTD), or Fatal payment in the month of injury or the three months following the month of injury AND where at least one of the following is met: (a) long duration (wage-loss in the period of 28 or more days); (b) high health-care costs (costs in the period equivalent to 28 or more days of wage-loss); (c) fatality (fatal benefit payment in the period); (d) serious medical diagnosis (one of 275 selected ICD9 codes.)

Serious Injury Rate: The number of Serious Injury 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.

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.

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 STD, LTD, and Fatal claims that are considered to be a Serious Injury. Calculated s the number of Serious Injury Claims divided by the number of Non-Health Care Only claims first-paid in the month of injury or in the following three months.

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 to 24. General workers are between 25 and 54. Mature workers 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 on-time cash awards, and survivor benefit reserves and on-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.

Fatal Claims Accepted: The number of claims accepted for survivor or fatal benefits. Claims are counted based on the date of a first fatal benefit (reserve set or cash award), regardless of the year of injury. Statistical Services is the source for these counts. Where a fatal claim has been transferred from one CU to another in a year following the year it was originally accepted, there is a +1 count in the new CU in the year-month of transfer and a -1 count in the original CU in the year-month of transfer. Where a fatal claim is disallowed in a year following the year it was accepted, there is a -1 count in respect of that fatal claim in the year-month it was disallowed.

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 payment sunder 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.



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