This infographic shows that while tradies make up 30% of the workforce they represent 58% of serious claims for workers’ compensation.

Produced for Tradies Health Month 2017, this infographic draws on some of the key data on serious claims for workers’ compensation for workers in the trade industry between 2010–11 and 2014–15.

Data from the infographic

Between 2010–11 and 2014–15, the trade industry made up 30% of the workforce but represented 58% of serious claims for workers’ compensation.

  • The incidence rate was three times the rate of all other occupations.
  • Around 190 serious claims were made each day.

The most common types of serious claims included:

  • Traumatic joint injuries 44%
  • Wounds/lacerations 18%
  • Musculoskeletal disorders 15%
  • Fractures 10%

Note: ‘Tradies’ are comprised of technicians and trades workers, labourers, and machinery operators and drivers.

Who is this seminar for?

This infographic is of particular interest to workers and employers in the trade industry, as well as work health and safety professionals, researchers and other key stakeholders interested in statistics and information about serious claims.

About the presenters

Safe Work Australia collects national data on work-related injuries and fatalities. This infographic uses data compiled from the National data set for compensation-based statistics, 2014-15.

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