The WorkSafeBC view

2012 – 2016

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of traumatic workplace death in British Columbia, accounting for 33 per cent of all traumatic work-related fatalities. On average each year, 18 workers are killed and another 1,280 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 2016, employees injured in a crash were off work an average of 79 days – almost four months – compared to the average duration of 54 days for all claims in 2016.

From a financial perspective, crash claims tend to cost more than other claims. The average cost of a crash claim is $49,000, more than two and half times the average cost of all WorkSafeBC claims which is $22,000.

To put the costs into context, in 2016, WorkSafeBC paid more than $53 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 five 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 33 per cent of all traumatic workplace fatalities
  • On average, 18 workers die in work-related motor vehicle crashes every year
  • On average, another 1,280 are injured and miss time from work
  • Workers injured in motor vehicle crashes are off work longer – an average of 79 days in 2016 – compared to the average duration of 54 days for all claims in 2016


Why Road Safety Matters