Injury Stats

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Everyone, Everywhere is Affected

No business in Nova Scotia is immune to the human and economic impact of workplace injuries.

From cities to rural communities, office towers to shop floors, factories to fishing boats, workplace injuries are all too common.

These statistics paint a grim picture of what is happening in Nova Scotia’s workplaces. The sprains and strains that account for over half of all workplace injuries, the industries with the highest injury rates, and the costs that result.

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Nature of Injury

2018 %
Sprains/Strains 3,747 64.4%
Fractures/Dislocations 444 7.6%
Contusion/Crushing/Bruise 327 5.6%
Inflamed Joint/Tendon/Muscle 214 3.7%
Cut/ Laceration/Puncture 300 5.2%
All Other 176 3.0%
Other traumatic injuries and disorders 230 3.0%
Burns 100 1.7%
Digestive system diseases and disorders 31 0.5%
Total 5,819 100.0%

Industry Type

Injury
Frequency
Time Loss
Claims 2017*
Time Loss
Claims 2018*
Health/Social Services 3.01% 1,694
1,652
Manufacturing 1.80% 627 607
Retail Trade 1.09% 607 555
Construction 2.02% 537 560
Wholesale Trade 1.15% 375 287
Government Services 1.55% 140 147
Accommodation/Food/Beverages 1.42% 480 403

 

Business Services 0.59% 80

106

Transportation/Storage 2.68% 327

349

Communication/Utilities 1.37% 123

131

Other Services 1.15% 177

147

Fishing/Trapping 1.69% 99

95

Real Estate/Insurance Agents 0.98% 41

41

Educational Services 1.92% 175

187

Agricultural Related Services 1.97% 49

46

Mining/ Quarries/Oil Wells 1.61% 18

33

Logging/Forestry 1.40% 23

17

Finance/Insurance 0.28% 2

2

Unknown 0.00% 1

1

Total 5,906 5,314

Part of Body

2018 %
Back 1,498 25.8%
Shoulder(s) 618 10.6%
Leg(s) 550 9.5%
Multiple Parts 613 10.5%
All Other 525 9.0%
Fingers 324 5.6%
Ankle 239 4.2%
Arm(s) (above wrist) 245 4.3%
 Cranial region, including skull  211  3.6%
Wrist 180 3.1%
Hand (does not include fingers) 155 2.7%
 Foot (does not include toes)  152  2.6%
Neck 148 2.6%
Chest 136 2.3%
Multiple trunk locations 119 2.0%
Total 5,819 100.0%