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WorksafeBC dealt with more than 4,000 COVID-19 claims

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March 17, 2021 - 7:00 PM

More than 4,000 claims have been filed with WorksafeBC by workers who say they got COVID-19 on the job.

But the success in winning those claims varied greatly depending on where people worked.

Up until March 11, 3,698 claims had proceeded to the state where WorksafeBC made a decision on their merits, approving 71 per cent of those claims.

Licenced Practical Nurses saw 91 per cent of their 311 claims approved. Elementary school teachers had a 90 per cent success rate on 98 claims.

In contrast, registered nurses had a 75 per cent success rate on 561 claims and secondary school teachers were at 74 per cent on 35 claims.

These numbers are posted on the WorksafeBC website and updated weekly.

At the lower end of the success-scale were “store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers,” with a 31.8 per cent rate of claims being accepted, but that was on only 22 claims.

Faring not much better were security guards and security service occupations at 36.8 per cent on 19 claims.

Leading the way for the total number of claims filed were nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates with 839 claims, 88.3 per cent of which were approved.

Here is the full list by percentage of claims accepted.

90.7% – Licenced practical nurses
89.8% – Elementary school teachers
88.7% – Nursery and greenhouse workers
88.3% – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
88.0% – Light duty cleaners
81.2% – Social and community service workers
75.0% – Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
74.5% – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
74.3% – Secondary school teachers
71.1% – Average of all claims processed
70.6% – Transport truck drivers
70.0% – General farm workers
68.2% – Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
60.7% – Police officers (except commissioned)
59.5% – Correctional service officers
57.1% – Receptionists
54.5% – Other assisting occupations in support of health services
54.1% ¬ General office support workers
52.6% – Paramedical occupations
51.0% – Firefighters
50.0% – Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
50.0% – Pursers and flight attendants
50.0% ¬ Retail and wholesale trade managers
46.2% – Construction trades helpers and labourers
46.2% – General practitioners and family physicians
44.4% – Sheriffs and bailiffs
43.5% – Retail salespersons
43.3% – Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants
40.0% – Food and beverage servers
36.8% – Security guards and related security service occupations
31.8% – Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers


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