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
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.