Five workers die a day

Rise in fatalities among workers mostly due to diseases
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/12/2007

Workplace deaths are on the rise in Canada, where nearly five workers — most in their 60s — die every working day.

That’s according to a study by the Centre for the Study of Living Standards, based on data collected by the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada.

With 1,097 workplace fatalities in 2005, the rate of people dying because of work has risen by 56 per cent from 1996.