Estimating under-claiming of compensable Workplace Injuries in Alberta, Canada

Bob Barnetson, Jason Foster, Jared Matsünaga-Türnbüll

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This study confirms and refines prior estimates of under-claiming of workers’ compensation benefits and suggests that under-claiming negatively affects the utility of workers’ compensation data in injury prevention efforts. A 2017 online poll (N = 2,000) queried the injury and workers’ compensation experiences of Alberta workers. Approximately 21.5 percent of respondents reported at least one work-related injury in the previous 12 months, of which 41.8 percent were disabling injuries. Only 31 percent of workers with disabling injuries filed a workers’ compensation claim. Under-claiming was more common among women, non-unionized workers, and workers facing relatively fewer hazards.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-410
Number of pages11
JournalCanadian Public Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec. 2018


  • Alberta
  • Canada
  • Injury
  • Reporting
  • Workers’ compensation


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