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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/09/2006

Work-related injuries and diseases cost Canada $12 billion

Mississauga, Ont. — As it marked the National Day of Mourning on April 28, the Industrial Accident Prevention Association remembered the 900 workers who died in Canada as a result of work-related accidents or diseases in 2004, the latest year for which statistics are available. Across Canada, there were an estimated 340,000 workers injured seriously enough to miss at least one day of work, and close to one million reports of work-related injuries and diseases. This cost the economy more than $12 billion. Also, a CBC investigative report series has found that health-care and social services workers are five to 12 times more likely than workers in other sectors, including police, to file a claim for violent incidents that lead to time off work. The series, based on three years’ worth of workers’ compensation data, also found that strains of all kinds make up about half of workers’ compensation claims, and that asbestos-related deaths are still on the rise due to its long latency period.

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