Worksite deaths in Alberta spike

The government of Alberta, Canada recently released data showing that the number of deaths while on the jobsite increased nearly 26 percent from 2010 to 2011.

The data shows there were 34 workplace fatalities in 2010 and 43 in 2011.

In addition to deaths that occur on the jobsite, the agency tracks worker deaths on roadways and from chemical exposure.

The total of all these incidents of deaths in 2011 was 123, a 10 percent decline from the 136 total deaths in 2010.

Despite the overall decrease in deaths Alberta Human Services Department spokesman Barrie Harrison told the Calgary Herald that “No one is impressed with these numbers.”

Historical occupational death numbers.

Workplace incident fatalities:
2011: 43
2010: 34
2009: 31
2008: 44
2007: 40
2006: 27
– Motor vehicle fatalities:
2011: 28
2010: 29
2009: 17
2008: 45
2007: 43
2006: 33

   

1 thought on “Worksite deaths in Alberta spike

  1. Chris Conway says:

    This comes as no surprise. My experience with one particular Alberta safety inspector was that he assumed he knew things he didn’t know so failed to even respond to a written complaint to Alberta OH&S. He only acted when the matter was referred to the Minister’s office and then he only did the minimum that he needed to do because of that. He actually whined that now he had to report back to the Minister’s office. He gave the company minimal orders for repeated deliberate breaches of safety codes and this company has had a previous recent workplace fatality.

    It’s hard to tell employees to report safety issues when OH&S does NOTHING to back them up. What’s the point ?

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