Serious injuries rate reduced but still below target, says report

Chair of Safe Work Australia, Tom Phillips announced the release of the Fourteenth Edition of the Comparative Performance Monitoring (CPM) report on the country’s work health and safety and workers’ compensation outcomes for 2010 – 2011.

According to the report, there has been a significant improvement (28%) in serious injuries rate. But this figure is still below the target set in the National OHS Strategy 2002-2012 which is 40 percent reduction in rate of injuries by 2012.

Below are some of the key findings in the report:

  • Employers are now paying 1.49 percent of payroll in workers’ compensation premiums compared to 1.79 percent in 2006-07.
  • Work health and safety authorities undertook close to 211 000 workplace interventions and issued 58 000 notices during 2010-11
  • Body stressing continued to be the injury/disease that resulted in the greatest proportion of claims (40 percent)
  • Australian workers’ compensation schemes expended more than $ 7 billion, of which around half (55 percent) was paid directly to injured workers in compensation for their injury or illness and 23 percent was spent on medical and other services
  • The injury and disease rates in the transport and storage, manufacturing and agriculture, forestry and fishing industries are still nearly twice the national average.

Further information on the report can be found on the Safe Work Australia website.


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