Alberta workplace fatalities increase in 2013

On July 16, the Alberta government reported workplace injury rates had “hit an all-time recorded low,” based on the slight decrease to lost-time claims in 2013.1297587666572_ORIGINAL

However, a 2013 annual report released by the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) indicates the total number of fatalities in 2013 has actually increased by 30 per cent. The rate by which they occur has also increased.

In 2013, 188 workplace-related fatalities were reported to the WCB, of which more than half were attributed to occupational disease. Nearly one-quarter were due to workplace incidents and almost one-fifth were listed as motor vehicle incidents.