The rapid development of industrial technology and the increasing complexities of our working and living environment result in exposure to many new hazards at work, in transportation and at home. Between 1973-1976, one work injury happened every seven seconds in Canada. A total of 8.85 million work injuries, with 10,353 fatalities, occurred during 1967-76, at an annual average of 10.57 per 100 workers. Disabling injuries accounted for 40.8% of all work injuries. The average annual total costs of work accidents in Canada amount to $1.5—2 billion
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