2020 allowed lost-time claims by leading injury source

For 2020, the leading source of injury and illness for both men and women was infectious and parasitic agents.  Over the previous 9 years, infectious and parasitic agents were the source for about 2 per cent of allowed, lost-time claims, while in 2020 this was the source for 25 per cent of allowed, lost-time claims.  The Nature of Injury/Illness in 96 per cent of claims with infectious and parasitic agents as a source was COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus.  People (bodily motion or condition) and structures (including walkways, floors, and buildings), the leading sources of injury for 2011-2019, continue to represent top sources at 19 per cent and 16 per cent of allowed lost-time claims in 2020.

In 2020, women in assisting occupations in support of health services in the non-hospital healthcare and social assistance setting were affected by the leading sources of injury the most.  Infectious and parasitic agents was the leading source of injury for those aged 25-64, while those under 25 had people and structures as the leading sources.

5.7 - 2020 leading injury source characteristics

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Leading Age Group Leading Industry Sector Leading Gender Leading Occupation Leading Event Leading Nature of Injury Leading Part of Body
Infectious and parasitic agents 45-49 Non-hospital healthcare and social assistance Female Assisting occupations in support of health services Exposure to caustic; noxious; or allergenic substances COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Body systems
Persons (bodily motion or condition) 25-29 Non-hospital healthcare and social assistance Female Assisting occupations in support of health services Bodily reaction Sprains and strains Lower back (lumbar; sacral; coccygeal regions)
Structures (including walkways; floors and buildings) 55-59 Retail Male Motor vehicle and transit drivers Fall on same level Sprains and strains Multiple body parts
Containers; boxes; barrels; packages (pressurized; non pressurized) 20-24 Retail Male Longshore workers and material handlers Overexertion Sprains and strains Lower back (lumbar; sacral; coccygeal regions)
Building materials 20-24 Construction Male Trades helpers and labourers Struck against objects or equipment Sprains and strains Cranial region; including skull

 

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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.