Fatalities related to occupational diseases rising in construction industry

Deaths while on the job in the construction industry has decreased over the last ten years, but work safety officials are saying these numbers are expected to increase due to a rise in occupational diseases.

According to WorkSafeBC, there were a total of 29 reported deaths in 2015, and over half of the 337 fatalities reported since 2006 through 2015 have allegedly been related to workplace health hazards.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material. Image: google

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material. Photo: Google image search.

Brett Mineer, government and media relations with WorkSafeBC, said fatalities will rise because most exposure to asbestos occurred more than 15 years ago when its dangers weren’t known.

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