Occupational Disease Fatalities

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Allowed Occupational Disease Fatalities by Entitlement Year

Workers who died of a work-related disease or condition are considered occupational disease fatalities. Over the past 10 years, occupational disease fatalities occurred predominantly among males, with a significant number in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

In 2016, 161 fatality claims were allowed for workers from Schedule 1 employers who lost their lives due to an occupational disease. Approximately 63 per cent of the 161 deaths in 2016 were caused by cancers, including mesothelioma and lung cancer.



Over the 10-year period from 2007 to 2016, the following industry sectors, disease types and gender accounted for the highest occupational disease fatality percentages:

  • Industry Sectors: Construction (29%), Manufacturing (20%), Primary Metals (12%)
  • Diseases: Mesothelioma (34%), Lung Cancer (29%)
  • Gender: Males (97%)