Injuries on the rise for female workers

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The socio-economic changes of the past several decades have resulted in a shift in the British Columbia economy from the traditional resource base to the service sector, as well as the entry of more women into the labor force.

Female Workers, the feature story in WorkSafeBC Statistics 2010, explores these trends by looking at the differences between genders in the types of work-related incidents that result in injuries, the types of injuries, and duration of injuries.

Statistics on female workers
• In 2010, women accounted for 36 percent of B.C.’s injured workers Health care and social assistance workers comprise the largest number of female-worker fatalities.
• As age increases, the injury rate declines for male workers while increasing slightly for female workers. Young male workers (15-24 year olds) have the highest injury rate.

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