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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/04/2006   
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In the 4 weeks prior to the National Health Survey, an estimated 53,500 Tasmanians suffered an injury (11.6% of Tasmanians). This included 18,400 Tasmanians who suffered a low fall (4.0%), and 10,400 persons who injured themselves when hitting something or being hit by something (2.3%). Another 6,900 suffered a bite or a sting (1.5%), 1,800 persons were injured when exposed to fire (0.4%), and 1,600 persons suffered a high fall (0.3%).

(Source: ABS data available on request, 2001 National Health Survey)

In 2002-03, there were 10,492 injuries reported to the WorkCover Tasmania Board. Of these, 30% (3,171) occurred to women, and 70% (7,321) occurred to men (see Table below).

NUMBER AND AVERAGE CLAIM COST OF INJURIES, Tasmania

All injuries 2002-03
All injuries 1992-1993


no.
($)
% of total
no.
($)
% of total

Males
7,321
7,361
70
14,514
7,464
74
Females
3,171
8,353
30
4,970
10,665
26
Total persons
10,492
7,661
100
19,484
8,281
100

Source: Employment Injuries in Tasmania - Statistical Bulletin 2002-03 Appendix A. WorkCover Tasmania.


A compensable injury is a workplace injury sustained by a worker for which worker's compensation is determined to be payable, following a worker submitting a claim for compensation. Of the 10,492 reported injuries, 9,741 were compensable (751 consisted of a report only). In 2002-03, there were 12 fatalities, with an average cost per fatality of $167,808.
    By comparison, in 2003-04, there were 10,260 reports (9616 compensable, 644 report only), and 4 fatalities.
      (Source: Workers Compensation, Statistical Report, 1999–00 to 2003–04, Workplace Standards Tasmania, 2004)

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