Late last year the Australian Workers' Compensation Report was released, providing a summary of statistics for the 2012–13 financial year and included trends over time and an overview of time lost and compensation paid.
The report highlights why Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Programs should continue to be a priority in your workplace OHS strategy. Data shows that while there was 6% decrease in the number of serious claims in the last decade, the median time lost from work rose by 29% (averaging 5.6 working weeks) and the median compensation paid rose by 71% to $8900.
Although industry and employers have progressed leaps and bounds in workplace safety, back and other soft tissue injuries still continue to have the most presence in the workplace and the severest affect on employees. Musculoskeletal injuries and disorders led to 90% of serious claims and the most common type was traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury (45%).
The back was the location on the body most often injured, accounting for 22% of all serious claims. Muscular stress while lifting or handling objects caused 33% of serious claims, while falls, trips & slips accounted for 22% of claims. The report also showed that the highest rates of injury occurred with males working in the occupations of Labourers, Machinery operators and Drivers.
Industry safety professionals know that reducing accidents and incidents at work results from a targeted OHS strategy involving a full range of staff roles, training mediums, and workplace tools. Companies that adopt wholistic Injury Prevention Programs, as well as initiatives targeting employee Health and Wellness will see improvements in AIFR rates, productivity, absenteeism, and staff moral.
For more information on WFRs Injury Prevention Programs, please contact us.