Background

The Ministry of Labour keeps a record of:

  • visits to workplaces by occupational health and safety inspectors
  • events that are reported to the ministry, including fatalities, critical injuries, complaints and work refusals.

We use this data and data from sources such as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board to help plan health and safety inspection initiatives.

Industrial program summary

Table 1: Events in the industrial program by fiscal year (April 1 – March 31)
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Complaints6,7966,7067,4048,6338,9619,304
Work refusals114197213159237212
Fatalities4431243228*23
Critical injuries8207215808061,402*1,667

*Note: The total count includes incidents that fall under the Industrial program but do not have identifiable sectors.

Agricultural services

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Table 2: Events in agricultural services sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities310222
Critical injuries14111142223
Complaints628880988593
Work refusals000000

Automotive

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Table 3: Events in automotive sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities021012
Critical injuries3534314592105
Complaints13311399429402429
Work refusals13910101612

Ceramics, glass and stone

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Table 4: Events in ceramics, glass, and stone sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities000102
Critical injuries713881318
Complaints7874601039793
Work refusals000121

Chemical, rubber and plastics

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Table 5: Events in chemical, rubber and plastics sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities211010
Critical injuries252023223963
Complaints177203222234264298
Work refusals345377

Construction premises

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Table 6: Events in construction premises sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities001232
Critical injuries312919161523
Complaints549620407278258204
Work refusals110110

Education

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Table 7: Events in education sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities110000
Critical injuries8210569108217318
Complaints222239285289311362
Work refusals7811122421

Electrical and electronics

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Table 8: Events in electrical and electronics sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities001000
Critical injuries945487
Complaints8286868682100
Work refusals520110

Farming operations

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Table 9: Events in farming operations sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities552123
Critical injuries84451412
Complaints263030555646
Work refusals000000

Film and television

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Table 10: Events in film and television sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities000000
Critical injuries100115
Complaints4161410712
Work refusals001100

Fire

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Table 11: Events in fire sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities000100
Critical injuries10363119
Complaints121418212313
Work refusals000000

Fishing sector

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Table 12: Events in fishing sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities100000
Critical injuries010000
Complaints011343
Work refusals000000

Food, beverage and tobacco

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Table 13: Events in food, beverage and tobacco sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities101401
Critical injuries343439366986
Complaints388412465578606618
Work refusals5647510

Government

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Table 14: Events in government sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities110000
Critical injuries3953365275107
Complaints136205238260282700
Work refusals1399109461056

Industrial services

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Table 15: Events in industrial services sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities184230
Critical injuries272236436759
Complaints269279401531621700
Work refusals330516

Live performance

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Table 16: Events in live performance sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities000000
Critical injuries220432
Complaints51212161218
Work refusals000100

Logging and sawmills

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Table 17: Events in logging and sawmills sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities513312
Critical injuries20131215715
Complaints283648544358
Work refusals010120

Office and related services

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Table 18: Events in office and related services sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities010001
Critical injuries323326346550
Complaints358344400411407457
Work refusals235932

Police service

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Table 19: Events in police services sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities000100
Critical injuries41810161822
Complaints112011201415
Work refusals000000

Primary metals

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Table 20: Events in primary metals sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities001100
Critical injuries111011162736
Complaints6846984102125
Work refusals468368

Pulp and paper

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Table 21: Events in pulp and paper sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities000000
Critical injuries109711912
Complaints404645645683
Work refusals131322

Restaurants

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Table 22: Events in restaurants sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities000000
Critical injuries10157172524
Complaints458414531707732740
Work refusals010101

Retail

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Table 23: Events in retail sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities400100
Critical injuries65645370135153
Complaints7397978401,0211,0441,043
Work refusals635502

Textiles and printing

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Table 24: Events in textiles and printing sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities000000
Critical injuries810741215
Complaints1017384768197
Work refusals111000

Tourism, hospitality and recreational services

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Table 25: Events in tourism, hospitality and recreational services sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities311451
Critical injuries293222436281
Complaints359316308422464462
Work refusals104710

Transportation

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Table 26: Events in transportation sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities430221
Critical injuries334148245884
Complaints260294276304311361
Work refusals161518153320

Utilities

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Table 27: Events in utilities sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities000001
Critical injuries16128142015
Complaints606037385743
Work refusals252333

Vehicle sales and service

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Table 28: Events in vehicle sales and service sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities101000
Critical injuries13217182136
Complaints241263353262300334
Work refusals222003

Wholesalers

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Table 29: Events in wholesalers sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities410000
Critical injuries382525334943
Complaints301316369366372385
Work refusals317172

Wood and metal fabrication

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Table 30: Events in wood and metal fabrication sector by fiscal year
Event2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Fatalities434330
Critical injuries5855555294102
Complaints630597691776809858
Work refusals81081199

Statistical notes

  • Only critical injury events reported to the ministry are included in each sector.
  • These represent data that were reported to the ministry and may not represent what actually occurred at the workplace.
  • Some events may not have been classified under a specific subsector at the time data was downloaded for this report.
  • The critical injury numbers represent critical injuries reported to the ministry and not necessarily critical injuries as defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
  • Non-workers who are critically injured may also be included in the ministry's data.
  • The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Deveopment tracks and reports fatalities at workplaces covered by the OHSA. This excludes death from natural causes, death of non-workers at a workplace, suicides, death as a result of a criminal act or traffic accident (unless the OHSA is also implicated) and death from occupational exposures that occurred many years ago.
  • Data are subject to change because of inspectors' updates to the database.