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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%).
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. In 2001-02, there were 10,567 compensable injuries reported to the WorkCover Tasmania Board. Of this number, there were 9 fatalities, all of which involved male workers. The estimated total cost of those fatalities was $1.3 million, an estimated average cost per fatality of $147,000.
The number of non-fatal compensable injuries in 2001-02 was 10,558. Of this number, 29.2% (3,087) were women, and 70.8% (7,471) were men.