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Injuries in the Workplace

Workplace injury is a significant cause of injury-related morbidity and mortality in Canada. Ten percent of all major injury

Source: Health Canada website and Media Photo Gallery, Health Canada, Reproduced with the permission of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2006.
hospitalizations in the ages 15-64 in 2002-03 occurred in a place of work. The majority (37%) of these injuries were caused by unintentional falls or vehicular accidents (26%).[1]

The sex of those injured in workplace events is not listed in the report; however, as discussed above, the sex of patients injured overall in 2002-03 is 72% male [1]

Researchers in the United States demonstrated that males were at higher risk of unintentional falls in the workplace than females [2].

In Canada an average of three people a day die at work, each year,  and almost  one million are injured. April 28th is the Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace.


Is it sex (biology) or gender (socialization) places males at greater risk than females for injury in the workplace?


1. CIHI (2005). 2004 Report: Major Injury in Canada, Canadian Institute for Health Information.

2. Angus, D. E. (1998). The Economic Burden of Unintentional Injury in Canada. Kingston, Ontario, SMARTRISK.

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