Statistics on workplace Disease and Injuries
- 107,355 serious claims lodged in the 2014-15 financial year
- 90% of serious claims were due to injuries and musculoskeletal disorders
- With the most common being traumatic joint / ligament and muscle / tendon injuries (almost 45%).
- 10% of serious claims were due to diseases
- with the most common mental disorders – almost 6%
* A serious claim is an accepted workers’ comp. claim that results in a total absence from work of 1 working week or more
Statistics for Work related Fatalities
- As at 8 December, 165 Australian workers have been killed at work in 2017
- In the 14 years from 2003 to 2016, 3,414 workers lost their lives in work-related incidents.
In 2016, there were 182 worker fatalities, equating to a fatality rate of 1.5 fatalities per 100,000 workers
- This is the lowest rate since the series began in 2003
Cost of injury and illness
- In 2012–13, work-related injury and disease cost the Australian economy $61.8 billion