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TTC warns suicide attempts on subway driving employee absenteeism

Posted on November 1, 2016

Photo: Dan Levy/Flickr
Photo: Dan Levy/Flickr

TORONTO, Ont. — Suicide attempts on the subway may be behind a bump in employee absenteeism, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and the union that represents its operators are warning, CBCnews reported.

Toronto's auditor general found the TTC's paid sick leave costs increased to $33.9 million in 2015, an increase of some $1.2 million from the previous year.

However, there was a decrease in the amount of suicide attempts, according to the transit agency's own data. In 2015, 11 people died by suicide while five more attempted to kill themselves. That was down from 26 incidents in 2014, while the average is 23 incidents per year, CBCnews reported.

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