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1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Mar 2007  
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WORK-RELATED INJURIES IN NSW

The second Work-Related Injuries, Australia (cat. no. 6324.0) was released in December 2006. The survey publication provides a range of information on work-related injuries that occurred in the 12 months to June 2006, including: the types of injuries or illnesses sustained, how these occurred, and if any financial assistance was received by the injured worker. The publication data is presented at the Australia-level, with additional data available on a consultancy basis.

There were 3.6 million employed people whose usual residence was in NSW. Of these people, more than 240,000 (6.8%) experienced a work-related injury or illness. Australia-wide there were almost 700,000 people (6.4%) who experienced a work-related injury or illness.

Men living in NSW had the highest rate of work-related injury or illness in Australia (85 per 1,000 compared to 74 per 1,000 men, respectively), while women living in NSW had the third-lowest rate of injury or illness in Australia (47 per 1,000 compared to 51 per 1,000 women, respectively).

Intermediate production and transport workers reported the highest rate of work-related injury or illness of any occupation group (134 per 1,000 people), while those people working in the Mining industry reported the highest rate of injury or illness in all industry groups (312 per 1,000 people).

Almost one-third (31%) of the work-related injuries or illnesses reported by NSW residents were a sprain or strain. One-third (33%) of injuries occurred while people were lifting, pushing or pulling an object. Almost two-thirds (62%) of those NSW residents who experienced a work-related injury or illness received some sort of financial assistance.

For further information contact Sue Taylor on (02) 6252 5603 or email client.services@abs.gov.au.


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