2020 allowed lost-time claims by leading occupations

Ontario’s workforce is diverse and made up of more than 155 occupation types. Over the past decade, the two occupations with the highest number of allowed lost-time claims in Schedule 2 were secondary and elementary school teachers and counsellors and police officers and firefighters. 

In 2020, police officers and firefighters between the ages of 45 to 49 had the highest number of allowed lost-time claims.  The most common nature of injury was sprains and strains.. By gender, women who were childcare and home support workers had the most allowed lost-time claims. Among men, police officers and firefighters had the most allowed lost-time claims.  

3.5 - 2020 leading occupation characteristics

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Leading Age Group Leading Gender Leading Event Leading Source Leading Part of Body Leading Nature of Injury
Police officers and firefighters 45-49 Male Assaults, violent acts, harassment and acts of war or terrorism Persons (bodily motion or condition) Body systems Sprains and strains
Other technical occupations in health care (except dental) 25-29 Male Overexertion Persons (bodily motion or condition) Body systems Sprains and strains
Secondary and elementary school teachers & counsellors 45-49 Female Fall on same level Structures (including walkways, floors and buildings) Cranial region; including skull Sprains and strains
Childcare and home support workers 45-49 Female Assaults, violent acts, harassment and acts of war or terrorism Persons (bodily motion or condition) Multiple body parts Sprains and strains
Assisting occupations in support of health services 40-44 Female Exposure to caustic; noxious; or allergenic substances Infectious and parasitic agents Body systems Sprains and strains
Motor vehicle and transit drivers 50-54 Male Highway accidents Persons (bodily motion or condition) Body systems Sprains and strains
Cleaners 55-59 Male Overexertion Structures (including walkways, floors and buildings) Lower back (lumbar; sacral; coccygeal regions) Sprains and strains
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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.