Of those 181 people, four of those were under 30 years old and 100 people passed away from occupational disease.
Bob Busby is an activist with the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union. He says that the numbers of injuries and deaths both provincially and nationally are shocking and he encourages workers to get in touch with people and organizations that would be able to implement better safety regulations.
“While the number I stated about B.C. was quite shocking, when you bring that nationally over 1,000 Canadians die every year while at work. 250,000 report workplace injuries in Canada yearly,” he says. “In the future I think it would be important for people to contact their employer or labour organizations about developing stronger occupational health and safety standards at their work place.”
Budd Phillips from WorkSafe B.C. adds that the number of workers who have passed away is down from the 2012 total but it’s not good enough. He states the biggest hurdle facing workers is coming to and from work.
“Things have been improving in the Peace country. Last year we lost eight workers in this area. This year in 2013 we lost four. The best number to have and the number that I would like to see in my career is zero,” he states. “We don’t want to see anyone who goes to work not come back that day. Our biggest challenge in this area is driving. As we drive today and even as we leave today and go back to our workplaces just think about that. ‘What can I do to improve my driving and the impact it may have on the others around me.”
He also mentioned the increase in occupational disease as an area of concern.
For more information on workplace safety and health you can call WorkSafe B.C. at 1-888-621-7233.