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The latest edition of the Comparative Performance Monitoring (CPM) report shows that work-related compensated injury fatalities are at their lowest level since 2002.
The report from Safe Work Australia coincides with the final week of Safe Work Australia Month. It provides trend analysis on the work health and safety and workers’ compensation schemes operating in Australia and New Zealand.
Chief Executive of Safe Work Australia, Rex Hoy said progress had been made but there was still more room for improvement.
“Over a decade ago the National OHS Strategy 2002-2012 set the target of a 20 per cent reduction in the incidence rate of work-related fatalities by 2012. We have achieved this with a 42 per cent reduction in fatalities,” Mr Hoy said. .
“While this is a good result there were still 199 compensated fatalities recorded in Australia for 2011–12. More work is still needed to improve work health and safety and reduce this figure even further.”
The report stated that in 2011-12, 12 out of every 1,000 workers were injured seriously enough to require one week or more off work. While there had been a 28 per cent improvement since 2002, the target of a 40 per cent reduction in the rate of injuries by 2012 was not achieved.
The rate of return to work following an injury decreased two percentage points from last year with 75 per cent of injured workers successfully returning to work within eight to 10 months of sustaining their injury.
Transport and storage, manufacturing, construction, agriculture, forestry and fishing industries were still substantially higher than the national average of fatality and injury rates for all industries
The report revealed that Australian workers’ compensation schemes paid out more than $7.8 billion with around half (55 per cent) paid directly to injured workers in compensation for their injury or illness and 23 per cent spent on medical and other services
The full CPM report series can be found at www.swa.gov.au
Edition 386, 5 November 2013