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

2015 %
Sprains/Strains 3,852 64.1%
Fractures/Dislocations 476 7.9%
Contusion/Crushing/Bruise 270 4.5%
Inflamed Joint/Tendon/Muscle 348 5.8%
Cut/ Laceration/Puncture 304 5.1%
All Other 129 2.1%
Other traumatic injuries and disorders 254 4.2%
Burns 110 1.8%
Digestive system diseases and disorders 42 0.7%
Total 6,014 100.0%

Industry Type

Injury
Frequency
Time Loss
Claims 2014*
Time Loss
Claims 2015*
Health/Social Services 3.13% 1,586 1,680
Manufacturing 1.80% 725 621
Retail Trade 1.24% 616 628
Construction 1.99% 498 521
Wholesale Trade 1.39% 312 325
Government Services 1.60% 533 556
Accommodation/Food/Beverages 1.34% 389

352

Business Services 0.73% 102

119

Transportation/Storage 2.79% 322

340

Communication/Utilities 1.23% 244

222

Other Services 1.47% 193

174

Fishing/Trapping 2.39% 113

122

Real Estate/Insurance Agents 1.53% 36

50

Educational Services 2.46% 198

220

Agricultural Related Services 1.54% 50

41

Mining/ Quarries/Oil Wells 0.86% 13

11

Logging/Forestry 2.14% 21

26

Finance/Insurance 0.18% 1

1

Unknown 0.1% 1

5

Total 5,953 6,014

Part of Body

2015 %
Back 1,79 29.9%
Shoulder(s) 558 9.3%
Leg(s) 527 8.8%
Multiple Parts 524 8.7%
All Other 399 6.6%
Fingers 364 6.0%
Ankle 304 5.1%
Arm(s) (above wrist) 219 3.6%
Wrist 215 3.4%
Hand (does not include fingers) 161 2.7%
Neck 174 2.9%
Chest 122 2.0%
Pelvic Region 119 2.0%
Foot (does not include toes) 131 2.2%
Cranial region, including skull 219 2.6%
Total 6,014 100.1%