Occupational disease fatalities by entitlement year

Claims from people who died because of a work-related illness or condition are known as occupational disease fatalities. Over the past 10 years, occupational disease fatalities occurred mostly among men.

In 2020, 211 fatality claims were allowed for people who lost their lives from occupational disease and worked for Schedule 1 employers. The majority of these fatalities originated before the new premium rate setting model implementation in 2020, with most coming from the Construction, Manufacturing, Primary Metals and Mining Pre-Rate Framework industry sectors.

From 2011 to 2020, the following age groups and gender had the highest occupational disease fatality percentages:

  • Age group: 65+ (69%), 60 to 64 (11%), 55 to 59 (8%)
  • Gender: Men (97%)

In 2020, the following Pre-Rate Framework industry sectors had the highest levels of Occupational Disease fatalities:

  • Construction (27%), Manufacturing (18%), Primary Metal (9%) and Mining (8%) which account for 51 per cent of all occupational disease fatalities in 2020.

These sectors under the 2020 Rate Framework had the highest percentage of Occupational Disease fatalities:  

  • Manufacturing (21%), Non-hospital healthcare and social assistance (21%), Construction (18%) which account for an additional 11 per cent of all occupational disease fatalities in 2020.
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Data in By the Numbers: 2020 WSIB Statistical Report may not match previously published results. This is due to factors such as data maturity, updated definitions and methodologies, and rounding. Data in By the Numbers is matured three months, with the exception of benefit payments, which represents cash paid during the year, to or on behalf of people injured at work and are not matured three months following year-end. Percentages may not add up due to rounding.