19/12/01

News release
Workplace safety The Workers’ Compensation Board reported in May 2000 that the most dangerous workplaces in B.C. are in health care. In the five-year period ending 1998:
  • 1.5 million workdays were lost and claims costs exceeded $155 million
  • overexertion due to handling of patients and materials account for the majority of claims and costs
  • acts of violence and force account for seven per cent of all claims (compared to two per cent for all industries combined) — the highest rate for B.C. workers
  • nurse aides, Licensed Practical Nurses and care aides are the most often injured in health care.
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