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

2016 %
Sprains/Strains 3,715 41.7%
Fractures/Dislocations 503 8.6%
Contusion/Crushing/Bruise 308 5.3%
Inflamed Joint/Tendon/Muscle 302 5.2%
Cut/ Laceration/Puncture 290 5.0%
All Other 103 1.8%
Other traumatic injuries and disorders 222 3.8%
Burns 77 1.3%
Digestive system diseases and disorders 44 0.7%
Total 6,014 100.0%

Industry Type

Injury
Frequency
Time Loss
Claims 2015*
Time Loss
Claims 2016*
Health/Social Services 3.11% 1,680 1,680
Manufacturing 1.87% 621 625
Retail Trade 1.30% 628 628
Construction 1.91% 521 523
Wholesale Trade 1.18% 325 275
Government Services 1.44% 556 140
Accommodation/Food/Beverages 1.38% 352

384

Business Services 0.64% 119

109

Transportation/Storage 2.47% 340

312

Communication/Utilities 1.07% 222

109

Other Services 1.48% 174

176

Fishing/Trapping 1.77% 122

90

Real Estate/Insurance Agents 1.94% 50

69

Educational Services 1.94% 220

170

Agricultural Related Services 1.56% 41

41

Mining/ Quarries/Oil Wells 1.43% 11

22

Logging/Forestry 1.39% 26

21

Finance/Insurance 0.18% 1

2

Unknown 0.00% 5

1

Total 6,014 6,014

Part of Body

2016 %
Back 1,674 28.6%
Shoulder(s) 527 9.0%
Leg(s) 569 9.7%
Multiple Parts 498 8.5%
All Other 339 5.8%
Fingers 343 5.9%
Ankle 262 4.5%
Arm(s) (above wrist) 239 4.1%
Wrist 221 3.8%
Hand (does not include fingers) 159 2.7%
Neck 203 3.5%
Chest 130 2.2%
Pelvic Region 123 2.1%
Foot (does not include toes) 142 2.4%
Cranial region, including skull 279 4.8%
Total 5,847 100.0%