Construction Workers Fatalities in Ontario, Canada On the Rise
Ontario, Canada has had a steady increase in construction worker deaths in the past six years.
- By Nikki Johnson-Bolden
- Dec 16, 2020
The number of construction worker deaths in Ontario, Canada has been on a steady rise since 2014, according to CBC.
The average number of deaths that occur at Ontario construction sites hovers at around 20 per year. Serious injuries among construction workers have also been on the rise—in the 2014 fiscal year, the number of injuries was 231.In 2019, it increased to 357.
“Certainly over the last number of years, the number of fatalities in the sectors that we serve has really dogged the industry,” said Enzo Garritano, president and CEO of Ontario’s Infrastructure Health and Safety Organization. “The number of fatalities has not gone down in a trend of any sort.”
The Ontario Labour Ministry is investigating the reason for this influx in construction worker deaths on the heels of two construction workers being killed on the job on December 11.
Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.