Australian Bureau of Statistics
6324.0 - Work-Related Injuries, Australia, JUL 2013 TO JUN 2014 Quality Declaration
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/11/2014
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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
Tasmania had the highest work-related injury/illness rate with 66 per 1,000 persons who had worked at some time in the last 12 months. New South Wales recorded the lowest rate, with 37 per 1,000 persons who had worked in the last 12 months (Table 2).
DETAILS OF THE JOB WHERE THE WORK-RELATED INJURY OR ILLNESS OCCURRED
Of the 531,800 persons who experienced a work-related injury or illness in 2013-14:
Nearly one-third of persons who experienced a work-related injury or illness in the last 12 months were working under shift arrangements (30% or 157,600 persons) (Table 3).
OCCUPATION AND INDUSTRY OF JOB WHERE WORK-RELATED INJURY OR ILLNESS OCCURRED
The occupation groups with the highest rates of people who experienced a work-related injury or illness were 'Machinery operators and drivers' (88 per 1,000 employed persons), 'Community and personal service workers' (73 per 1,000 employed persons), 'Technicians and trades workers' (72 per 1,000 employed persons) and 'Labourers' (66 per 1000 employed persons) (Table 4).
The industries with the highest work-related injury or illness rates were 'Manufacturing' (82 per 1,000 employed persons), 'Transport, postal and warehousing' (76 per 1,000 employed persons) and 'Agriculture, forestry and fishing' (72 per 1,000).
The industries with the lowest rates of work-related injuries and illnesses were 'Financial and insurance services' (18 per 1,000 employed persons), 'Professional, scientific and technical services' (19 per 1,000 employed persons), 'Rental, hiring and real estate services' (21 per 1,000 employed persons) and 'Information, media and telecommunications' (23 per 1,000 employed persons) (Table 4).
Of the 323,700 males who experienced a work-related injury or illness in the last 12 months:
Among the 208,100 females who experienced work-related injuries or illnesses:
MOST RECENT WORK-RELATED INJURY OR ILLNESS SUSTAINED
The most common types of injuries or illnesses sustained were 'Sprain/strain' (33%), followed by 'Chronic joint or muscle conditions'(21%), and 'Cut/open wound' (14%) (Table 5).
Of the 531,800 persons who experienced a work-related injury or illness, 34% (181,200) sustained their injury or illness through 'Lifting, pushing, pulling or bending', 20% (106,200) by 'Hitting, being hit or cut by an object or vehicle', 13% (68,200) through 'Fall on the same level' and 9% (46,000) through 'Repetitive movement with low muscle loading' (Table 5).
SOURCES OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Of the 531,800 persons who experienced a work-related injury in the last 12 months, 326,200, or 61%, received some sort of financial assistance. Of those who received financial assistance, 56% received workers' compensation, 39% did not apply for workers' compensation and 4% applied for and did not receive workers' compensation.
In 2013-14, the number of persons who received workers' compensation as a proportion of the total number of people who experienced a work-related injury or illness in the last 12 months (183,200) (34%), has remained relatively steady with 2009-10 figures (36%) (230,100).
Of the 326,100 persons who did not apply for workers' compensation, approximately 44% reported that the main reason for not applying for workers' compensation was that they had a 'Minor injury only/not considered necessary', 10% 'Did not think eligible' and a further 10% said they were 'Not covered or not aware of workers' compensation' (Table 10).
There were 477,900 employees (excluding OMIEs) who experienced a work-related injury or illness in the last 12 months. Of the 388,900 employed persons who had paid leave entitlements, 72% received financial assistance. Of the 89,000 employed persons without paid leave entitlements, 41% received financial assistance (Table 12).
Of the 531,800 persons who experienced a work-related injury or illness:
REPORTED WORK-RELATED INJURY OR ILLNESS TO SOMEONE IN THE WORK PLACE
In 2013-14, 91% (485,100) of persons who experienced a work-related injury or illness reported it to someone in their work place (91% of males and 92% of females). Of the 485,100 persons who reported their most recent work-related injury or illness to someone in the work place:
NOTES ABOUT THE ESTIMATES
The MPHS is designed primarily to provide estimates at the Australia level. Broad estimates are also available for states and territories, although users should exercise caution when using estimates at this level because of the presence of high sampling errors. For more information about the reliability of the estimates see paragraph 13 of the Explanatory Notes.
As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
1. See glossary entry 'Work-related injury or illness' for more information.
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