The WorkSafeBC view

2013 – 2017

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of traumatic workplace death in British Columbia, accounting for 34 per cent of all traumatic work-related fatalities. On average each year, 19 workers are killed and another 1,350 are injured and miss time from work as a result of work-related crashes.

When workers are injured in a motor vehicle crash, they are typically more seriously hurt and off the job longer than workers hurt in other ways. In 2017, employees injured in a crash were off work an average of 81 days – almost four months – compared to the average duration of 55 days for all claims in 2017.

From a financial perspective, crash claims tend to cost more than other claims. The average cost of a crash claim is $46,000, more than twice the average cost of all WorkSafeBC claims which is $19,500.

To put the costs into context, in 2017, WorkSafeBC paid $58 million in claims costs for work-related crashes. While motor vehicle crashes make up 2.4 per cent of all work-related injuries resulting in time-loss from work, they account for six percent of total claims costs.

Your WorkSafeBC experience rating is directly related to the costs of claims for work-related injuries sustained by your employees. Doing everything you can to keep your employees safe when they are at work, including when they are behind the wheel, is not only in their best interests, it’s in yours.

Fast facts about road safety

  • Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of traumatic workplace deaths in BC accounting for 34 per cent of all traumatic workplace fatalities
  • On average, 19 workers die in work-related motor vehicle crashes every year
  • On average, another 1,350 are injured and miss time from work
  • Workers injured in motor vehicle crashes are off work longer – an average of 81 days in 2017 – compared to the average duration of 55 days for all claims in the same year


Why Road Safety Matters