Near-record workplace deaths in Alberta

Inclusion of occupational disease spikes fatality rates
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/20/2014

Fatalities at workplaces in Alberta hit a near record in 2013.

According to data released by the provincial government, 188 workers died last year as a result of the jobs they did. Those numbers have nearly doubled in comparison to previous years — a jump likely caused by the inclusion of occupational diseases in the province’s fatality rubric.

Of those 188 deaths, 99 could be linked to an occupational disease, according to data compiled by the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). That means any chronic ailment that occurs as a result of the work performed, such as long-term exposure to carcinogens or other dangerous airborne particles.