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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%).
NUMBER AND AVERAGE CLAIM COST OF INJURIES, 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.