Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Work-related motor vehicle crashes leading cause of traumatic workplace deaths in B.C.

Richmond, BC / February 20, 2018 – Work-related motor vehicle incidents (MVIs) account for 33 per cent of all work-related traumatic deaths in British Columbia, making it the leading cause of traumatic workplace deaths in the province.[1]

On average each year, 21 workers are killed and another 1,339 are injured and miss time from work because of work-related crashes. Three sectors account for close to three-quarters of work-related MVI injury claims from 2012 to 2016:

  • The transportation and warehousing sector had 34 per cent of crashes overall. Claims from the general trucking subsector account for 14 per cent of all MVI claims.
  • The service sector[2] had 26 per cent of crashes overall, with 10 per cent of all MVI claims in the healthcare and social services subsector.
  • The construction sector had 10 per cent of crashes.

(Source: WorkSafeBC MVI Statistics 2012-2016)

Workers are a company’s greatest asset and employers are responsible for the safety of employees when they drive for work. Road Safety At Work Week runs March 5 – 9 and is an opportunity to make road safety a priority in all organizations.

Organizations or teams can register before March 9 at the Road Safety At Work Week webpage. Participants can choose their own road safety activity or the website has great ideas supported by useful resources.

Organizations and teams must report back by March 19 on the progress of their road safety activities to receive a Certificate of Participation and be eligible for one of three $250 prizes.

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[1] Source:  WorkSafeBC MVI Statistics 2012-2016

[2] The Service sector includes Accommodation, Food and Leisure Services industries, Business Services, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Education, Health Care and Social Services and Utilities among others.