6324.0 - Work-Related Injuries, Australia, Jul 2017 to Jun 2018 Quality Declaration 
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Work-related injuries data are classified according to the Type of Occurrence Classifications System (TOOCS) which was developed by SafeWork Australia for coding workers' compensation claims.

The work-related injury or illness classification used in this survey was based on the TOOCS nature of injury codes. The classification of how work-related injury or illness occurred was based on the TOOCS mechanism of injury codes.


Breaking of a bone, cartilage, etc.

Chronic joint or muscle condition


Disorders of the joints

Disorders of the spinal vertebrae and inervertebral discs

Disorders of muscle, tendons and other soft tissues (e.g. Occupational Overuse Syndrome and Repetitive Strain Injury if this is the only description given)

Acquired musculoskeletal deformities (e.g. flat feet, mallet finger, hammer toe)


Sprains and strains of joints and adjacent muscles

Acute trauma sprains and strains

Sprains and strains of cartilage


Cut/open wound

Open wound not involving traumatic amputation (e.g. broken tooth, cuts, punctures, dog bites, tearing away of fingernail, serious wounds containing glass, metal or other foreign body)

Crushing injury/internal organ damage

Internal injury of chest, abdomen and pelvis

Injury with intact skin surface and crushing injury (e.g. bruises, haematomas)

Superficial injury - covers minor injuries such as:

Needle stick puncture

Abrasions, grazes, friction burns or blisters

Scratch injury from a foreign body in eye

Splinter or other foreign body in places other than eye

Stress or other mental condition




Nervous breakdown

Effects of witnessing traumatic events

Effects of involvement in a hold-up

Victim of harassment

Hyperventilation (hysterical, psychogenic)

Hysterical symptoms


Obsessional and compulsive symptoms

Short term shock


Traumatic amputation including loss of eyeball


Electrical burns, chemical burns, cold burns, hot burns, friction burns, combination burn or burns not elsewhere classified


Responses that could not be included into one of the categories above such as asthma, cancer, concussion or heart attack


Lifting, pushing, pulling, bending

Muscular stress while lifting, carrying or putting down objects

Single or multiple events

Lifting or carrying resulting in stress fractures

Repetitive movement, high muscle loading

Muscular stress while handling objects

Single or multiple events

Pushing or pulling objects

Throwing or pressing objects

Stress fractures from handling objects

Continually shovelling

Climbing ladders causing upper and lower limb injuries

Muscular stress with no objects being handled

Bending down, reaching, turning and twisting movements where no objects are being handled

Stress fractures without objects being handled (e.g. from running)

Continually twisting neck with no object being handled

Repetitive movement with low muscle loading

Occupational overuse and repetitive movement occurrences

Prolonged standing, working in cramped or unchanging positions

Working in cramped or unchanging positions

Prolonged standing causing varicose veins

Vehicle accident

Any accident or incident on a private road, farm, mine site or footpath involving a vehicle where the most serious injury is sustained as a result of that accident or injury

A vehicle catching on fire after the accident

Any accident or incident in a factory, mine or car park involving a fall from a moving vehicle

Hitting, being hit or cut by object or vehicle

Hitting stationary objects or moving objects (e.g. cutting oneself while using a knife or other tool)

Rubbing and chafing from wearing footwear or clothes, using tools or handling objects

Being hit by falling objects

Being bitten by an animal

Being bitten by a snake

Being trapped by moving machinery or equipment or between stationary and moving objects

Exposure to mechanical vibration (e.g. from chain saws)

Being assaulted by a person or persons

Fall on same level

All slips, trips, stumbles, steps and jumps, even if a fall does not follow

Falls of short distances such as off a curb or into a gutter

Falls up stairs

Fall with no further description

Fall from a height

A fall from ground level to below ground level

Landing awkwardly after a jump from a height

Falling off an animal

A fall down stairs etc.

Exposure to mental stress

Exposure to a traumatic event

Exposure to workplace or occupational violence (e.g. victim of assault or threatened assault by a person or persons, being a victim of or witnessing hold-ups etc.)

Being a victim of sexual, racial, or other verbal harassment

Work pressure (e.g. mental stress arising from work responsibilities, conflict with peers, performance counselling)

Attempted suicide

Other mental stress factors

Long term exposure to sound

Long term exposure to workshop or factory noise, sharp sudden sounds, or low frequency (subsonic pressure) sounds

Contact with a chemical or substance

Single contact with chemical or substance

Immediate allergic reactions to a substance

Splash with acid

Caustic or corrosive substances in the eyes

Contact dermatitis

Swallowing chemical substances

Exposure to smoke from a bush fire, chemical fire etc.

Long term contact with chemicals or substances

Acquired allergic reactions

Slow poisoning, as with lead or other heavy metals

Long term inhalation of dust or fibres, as with asbestos fibres

Exposure to cigarette smoke

Insect and spider bites and stings

Contact with poisonous parts of plant or marine life (e.g. blue ringed octopus, bluebottles, stone fish etc.)

Other and unspecified contact with chemical or substance


Those responses that could not be included into one of the categories above such as contact with hot food/drink/beverages, exposure to extreme weather, jumping on objects, struck by lightning or sunburn