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Key Statistics May 2012

Key Statistics May 2012

Key Work Health and Safety Statistics

Implementing a live workplace health and safety program improves the bottom line of any business according to a new report from Safe Work Australia.

Here is a summary of the statistics:

  • In 2008-09, there were 133 485 workers' compensation claims for serious work-related injuries or illnesses. This equates to an incidence rate of 13.5 serious claims per 1000 employees.
  • Preliminary data for 2009-10 show there were 127 620 serious workers' compensation claims, which equates to 12.6 serious claims per 1000 employees. Some claims are outstanding so the final number will be higher but it will still represent an improvement from 2008-09.
  • Male employees experienced nearly twice the rate of serious injury or disease compared with female employees.
  • Incidence rates of serious workers' compensation claims increase with employee age.
  • A typical serious workers' compensation claim involves four weeks absence from work.
  • One-quarter of serious claims required 12 or more weeks off work.
  • One in five serious claims involved an injury to the back.
  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics' Work Related Injury Survey showed 53 out of every 1000 workers experienced an injury or illness in the workplace in 2009-10. However, half of these incidents involved less than one day or shift absent from work.
  • In 2009-10, 216 workers died due to an injury incurred at work. This equates to 1.9 deaths per 100 000 workers.
  • Work related injury and illness were estimated to cost $60.6 billion in the 2008-09 financial year. This represented 4.8% of GDP.