563,600 Australian workers experienced a work-related injury between July 2017 and June 2018, equating to 4.2% of the working population. 54.4% of those were males, and most commonly occurred in the age groups of 50-54 and 20-24.
The construction industry accounted for the most work related injuries or illnesses (59 per 1000 employees), followed by the manufacturing industry (58 per 1000 employees), and the social assistance and health care industry (55 per 1000 employees).
Technicians and trade workers accounted for 36% of male injuries, followed by professionals at 13%. 21% of males who sustained work-related injuries were employed in construction.
28% of females injured at work were community and personal service workers, followed by professionals at 24%. 29% of females who sustained work-related injuries were employed in health care and social assistance.
With regards to the type of injury sustained, sprains and strains were most common, accounting for 28% of all injuries. 18% experienced chronic joint or muscle conditions, while 16% sustained a cut or open wound.
The most common causes of injuries included lifting/pushing/pulling/bending actions, which contributed to 24% of all injuries. This was followed by being hit or cut by a vehicle or object at 18% and same-level falls (such as slipping) with 15%.
One of the key stats to take away from this report is that 60% of injured workers had time off work following the incident. Of those no longer working in the job in which the injury occurred, 30% left as a result of that injury. The impact of illness and injury is not limited to worker absence however. Workplace injuries can also negatively impact a business through a loss of productivity, sales, reputation, equipment/vehicle damage, administrative costs and even a reduction of staff morale.
With this in mind, making sure that your workplace is compliant with all health and safety regulations to keep your workers safe is of the utmost importance. This is where ATOMise can help. To reduce the risk of your business contributing to these statistics, our team of Industrial Safety Experts can carry out a Workplace Safety Risk Assessment which includes a comprehensive safety analysis of your working environment. Once completed, the ATOMise team will recommend tailored solutions to decrease the level of risk and ensure safety equipment compliance, all while reducing the total cost of managing your business’s workplace safety, guaranteed.
If you’d like to find out more about how ATOMise can increase workplace safety compliance in your business, contact the team today.
Information current as of 30 October 2018.
For more information, visit http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/6324.0