According to the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) statistics, every year in Ontario, 250 to 300 workers lose their lives as a result of traumatic workplace accidents and occupational illnesses. In 2013, 194,393 accident claims were filed with the Ontario WSIB.
All of those killed and injured were ordinary people working to make a living — mothers, fathers, daughters and sons. With the passage of Ontario’s Occupational
Health and Safety Act (the Act) in 1979, workplace fatalities dropped significantly over the following years. Unfortunately, since this initial decrease, the number of workers killed in the province’s workplaces has remained at almost one per day. Read more