Workplace deaths skyrocket in Alberta

New occupational health and safety code comes into force on April 30
||Last Updated: 08/03/2004

New health and safety rules are about to come into force in Alberta at a time when work-related deaths are soaring.

Since the start of the year, provincial workplace safety officials have launched investigations into 12 worksite deaths in Alberta, nearly twice as many as at this point last year.

According to the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board, there have been 38 fatality claims accepted in 2004, compared to 31 at this point in 2003 and 23 in 2002.