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Ontario construction fatalities reach nine-year low

February 20, 2024  By CHC Staff

TORONTO ­– New statistics on 2023’s construction fatalities released by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development show the lowest number of incidents across a nine-year span.

The numbers reflect an overall trend toward safer operations, with construction fatalities in 2023 totalling 16, down two from 2022 and seven from 2021. December and August proved to be the deadliest months in construction across the province last year, with both months seeing three deaths each.

This data excludes deaths from natural causes, on-site deaths of non-workers, suicides, deaths from long-term occupational exposures and, excluding OHSA implication, deaths resulting from criminal offences or traffic accidents.

The single-worst month for fatal incidents over this nine-year period was December 2020, which saw the deaths of seven construction workers. On average, November has been the most deadly month, with a total of 29 deaths occurring in that month over this time period.

Construction fatalities over the past nine years in Ontario total as follows:

  • 2023: 16
  • 2022: 18
  • 2021: 23
  • 2020: 23
  • 2019: 18
  • 2018: 27
  • 2017: 24
  • 2016: 18
  • 2015: 18

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