2020 allowed lost-time claims by leading injury source

Over the past 10 years, people (bodily motion or condition) has been the most common source of injury for allowed lost-time claims in Schedule 2, making up 40 per cent of injuries/illness in 2020.  Structures (including walkways, floors and buildings) was the source for another 19 per cent in 2020.  Infectious and parasitic agents account for 11 per cent, up from an average of 2 per cent in the previous 9 years.

In 2020, men were most affected by three of the top five sources of injury. Strains and sprains were the leading nature of injury in four of the five categories.  These injuries/illness were most common in people between the ages of 45 and 49 from a variety of Schedule 2 occupations.

5.7 - 2020 leading injury source characteristics

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Leading Age Group Leading Gender Leading Occupation Leading Event Leading Nature of Injury Leading Part of Body
Persons (bodily motion or condition) 40-44 Male Police officers and firefighters Bodily reaction Sprains and strains Body systems
Structures (including walkways; floors and buildings) 50-54 Female Secondary and elementary school teachers & counsellors Fall on same level Sprains and strains Multiple body parts
Infectious and parasitic agents 50-54 Female Assisting occupations in support of health services Exposure to caustic; noxious; or allergenic substances COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Body systems
Highway vehicle 35-39 Male Motor vehicle and transit drivers Highway accidents Sprains and strains Multiple body parts
Containers; boxes; barrels; packages (pressurized; non pressurized) 50-54 Male Mail and message distribution occupations Overexertion Sprains and strains Lower back (lumbar; sacral; coccygeal regions)
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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.