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

2017 %
Sprains/Strains 3,824 64.8%
Fractures/Dislocations 443 7.5%
Contusion/Crushing/Bruise 273 4.6%
Inflamed Joint/Tendon/Muscle 282 4.8%
Cut/ Laceration/Puncture 276 4.7%
All Other 154 2.6%
Other traumatic injuries and disorders 236 4.0%
Burns 89 1.5%
Digestive system diseases and disorders 49 0.8%
Total 5,906 100.0%

Industry Type

Injury
Frequency
Time Loss
Claims 2016*
Time Loss
Claims 2017*
Health/Social Services 3.16% 1,680 1,694
Manufacturing 1.84% 628 627
Retail Trade 1.20% 628 592
Construction 1.88% 523 537
Wholesale Trade 1.18% 375 306
Government Services 1.55% 140 147
Accommodation/Food/Beverages 1.60% 384

440

Business Services 0.46% 109

80

Transportation/Storage 2.62% 312

327

Communication/Utilities 1.28% 109

123

Other Services 1.47% 176

177

Fishing/Trapping 1.72% 90

99

Real Estate/Insurance Agents 1.02% 69

41

Educational Services 1.96% 170

175

Agricultural Related Services 1.97% 41

49

Mining/ Quarries/Oil Wells 1.12% 22

18

Logging/Forestry 2.23% 21

23

Finance/Insurance 0.32% 2

2

Unknown 0.00% 1

2

Total 6,014 5,906

Part of Body

2017 %
Back 1,617 27.4%
Shoulder(s) 622 10.5%
Leg(s) 569 9.6%
Multiple Parts 546 9.2%
All Other 412 7.0%
Fingers 312 5.3%
Ankle 288 4.9%
Arm(s) (above wrist) 254 4.3%
Wrist 213 3.6%
Hand (does not include fingers) 163 2.8%
Neck 158 2.7%
Chest 127 2.1%
Pelvic Region 124 2.1%
Foot (does not include toes) 150 2.5%
Cranial region, including skull 247 4.2%
Total 5,906 100.0%