New report reveals: Reduction in compensated injury fatalities but more can still be done
The Chair of Safe Work Australia Mr Tom Phillips AM today announced the release of the Fourteenth Edition of the Comparative Performance Monitoring (CPM) report on Australia’s work health and safety and workers’ compensation outcomes for 2010–11.
The report finds that since 2002 there has been a 28 percent improvement in the rate of serious injuries. However this is still below the target set in the National OHS Strategy 2002-2012 of a 40 percent reduction in the rate of injuries by 2012.
Other key findings in the report include:
- the injury and disease rates in the transport and storage, manufacturing and agriculture, forestry and fishing industries are still nearly twice the national average
- 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
- body stressing continued to be the injury/disease that resulted in the greatest proportion of claims (40 percent)
- work health and safety authorities undertook close to 211 000 workplace interventions and issued 58 000 notices during 2010–11, and
- employers are now paying 1.49 percent of payroll in workers' compensation premiums compared to 1.79 percent in 2006–07.
The Fourteenth Edition of the CPM report can be found here.