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Statistics for Fishing

Statistical Overview for 2007-2011

Injury Rate

Injury rates for fishing are not calculated because WorkSafeBC does not estimate person years for the fishing CUs.

Claims and Employment, 2007-2011

Since WorkSafeBC does not estimate person years for the fishing CUs, the number of Fisher Registration Cards purchased in a year from Fisheries and Oceans Canada has been used as a proxy for employment.

The number of Fisher Registration Cards issued has decreased 9% from 6,690 to 6,117 over the period from 2007 to 2011, while the number of Non-Health Care Only (Non-HCO) claims has decreased 28% during the five year period. More recently, between 2010 and 2011, the number of Fisher Registration Cards decreased by approximately 2%, while the number of Non-HCO claims reduced by 5%.

Trends in Claims Volume and Employment 2007-2011 bar graph

Year Fisher Registration Cards Non-HCO Claims
2007 6,690 132
2008 5,984 97
2009 6,055 88
2010 6,270 100
2011 6,117 95

* Fishing CUs: 702003, 702005, 702006, 702007, 702008, 702009, and 702010
Prepared by: Business Information & Analysis (BIA), March 2012
Source: BIA Datamart as of February 2012 and Fisheries and Oceans Canada


STD Duration, 2007-2011

During the five year period, STD Duration for Fishing has averaged approximately 3 times higher than that for all B.C. industries.

STD Duration 2007-2011 bar graph

Year Fishing CUs All B.C.
2007 134 46
2008 147 48
2009 174 55
2010 176 59
2011 139 60

* Fishing CUs: 702003, 702005, 702006, 702007, 702008, 702009, and 702010
Prepared by: Business Information & Analysis (BIA), March 2012
Source: BIA Datamart as of February 2012 and Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Accepted Fatal Claims, 2007-2011

Between 2007 and 2011, ten fatal claims have been accepted for Fishing. Many of the fatalities were drownings.

Accepted fatal claims 2007 to 2011: 2007=4; 2008=2; 2009=0; 2010=2; 2011=2

* Fishing CUs: 702003, 702005, 702006, 702007, 702008, 702009, and 702010
Prepared by: Business Information & Analysis (BIA), March 2012
Source: BIA Datamart as of February 2012 and Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Serious Injury Claims, 2007-2011

Between 2007 and 2011, 348 serious injuries were accepted in Fishing. The most common accident types that result in serious injuries include: water vehicle accident, struck by object, overexertion, and caught in or compressed by equipment or objects.

Serious injury claims 2007 to 2011: 2007=94; 2008=65; 2009=58; 2010=67; 2011=64

* Fishing CUs: 702003, 702005, 702006, 702007, 702008, 702009, and 702010
Prepared by: Business Information Analysis (BIA), March 2012
Source: BIA Datamart as of February 2012 and Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Claim Characteristics, 2007-2011 SLF Claims

Accident Type Count % of Total
Water vehicle accident 231 41%
Struck by object 81 14%
Overexertion 63 11%
Repetitive motion 30 5%
Others 123 22%
Total 559 100%


Nature of Injury Count % of Total
Other strains 108 19%
Fractures 93 17%
Laceration 91 16%
Back strain 56 10%
Contusion 47 8%
Others 164 29%
Total 559 100%


Body Part Count % of Total
Wrist, fingers & hand 171 31%
Back 64 11%
Shoulders 46 8%
Knee 40 7%
Chest 35 6%
Others 203 36%
Total 559 100%


Source of Injury Count % of Total
Vehicles 252 45%
Animal products, Food products 45 8%
Bodily motion 37 7%
Machines 35 6%
Hand tools 32 6%
Others 158 28%
Total 559 100%


Occupation Count % of Total
Fishing vessel skippers and fishermen/women 317 57%
Fishing vessel deckhands 138 25%
Deck crew, water transport 27 5%
Commercial divers 20 4%
Fish plant workers 9 2%
Others 48 9%
Total 559 100%


Gender Count % of Total
Male 531 95%
Female 24 4%
Unknown 4 1%
Total 559 100%


Age Count % of Total
15-24 72 13%
25-34 102 18%
35-44 122 22%
45-54 140 25%
55-64 86 15%
65+ 37 7%
Total 559 100%

*Fishing CUs: 702003, 702005, 702006, 702007, 702008, 702009, and 702010
Prepared by: Business Information & Analysis (BIA), March 2012
Source: BIA Datamart as of February 2012 and Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Definitions

Injury Rate: The number of Non-HCO claims per one hundred Person Years -- shows the rate of injuries.

Person Years: Estimated number of employed full time equivalents (FTEs) based on Assessable Payroll and StatsCan data.

Non-HCO Claims: Total number of Non-Health-Care only (Non-HCO) claims. A Non-HCO claim must have a short term disability (STD), long term disability (LTD) or survivor benefit in the year of injury or in the 3 months following the year of injury. 

STD Duration: STD (Short-term Disability) 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 12-month period ending in the reference month 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.

Accepted Fatal Claims: Number of claims for which a first survivor benefit (fatal reserve or cash award) was awarded in the year, regardless of the year of injury.

Serious Injury Claims: A Serious Injury is defined as a claim with an STD, LTD, or Fatal benefit payment in the period consisting of the month of injury or the following 3 months that has at least one of the following: 1) 28 or more STD days lost in the period; 2) Healthcare costs in the period equivalent to 28 days of STD costs; 3) a Fatal benefit paid in the period; 4) one of the 275 ICD9 Medical Diagnosis codes assigned which have been designated as Serious Injuries.

STD/LTD/FTL (SLF) Claims: A claim is counted as a short term disability (STD), long term disability (LTD), or fatality if the claim had the first short term disability (STD) benefit, long term disability (LTD) benefit, or survivor benefit (fatal reserve set or cash award) made in the year, regardless of the year of injury.

Accident Type: Accident Type is a classification of an accident or exposure that describes the manner in which the injury or disease was produced or inflicted.

Nature of Injury: Nature of Injury is a classification of the injury or illness in terms of its principal physical characteristics.

Body Part: Body Part is a classification of a body part or bodily system, directly affected by an injury or disease identified in the nature of injury classification.

Source of Injury: Source of Injury is a classification of the object, substance, exposure, or bodily motion that directly produced, transmitted, or inflicted the injury or illness.

Occupation: Occupation is a collection of jobs, sufficiently similar in work performed to be grouped under a common title for classification purposes. A job, in turn, encompasses all the tasks carried out by a particular worker to complete his/her duties.

Age Range: Pre-defined injured worker age categories are used to group STD/LTD/FTL Claims that are coded with injured worker age at the time of injury.



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