Lost time injury frequency rate spreadsheet


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Lost time injury frequency rates are one measure that can help you compare one aspect of the work health and safety performance of your organisation against the broader industry. The LTIFR is the average number of lost-time injuries in each industry in Australia each year.

You can download the LTIFRs for all industries in the file available for download on this page.

LTIFRs are useful for assessing lost productivity, including inadequate injury prevention. However, they should not be used in isolation to evaluate WHS performance. LTIFRs are intended as a guide only and should be interpreted carefully.

For information about additional WHS indicators and metrics, please see the report Measuring and Reporting on Work Health and Safety, and to learn more about the calculation of LTIFRs, see the interactive calculator.

Note that the benchmarks available through this calculator are based on lost time injuries from workers’ compensation claims, and are likely to be an underestimate of all lost time injuries due to claims not being made for less serious injuries. 

Further, LTIFRs are not recommended for small businesses, where even small changes to the number of injuries or workers’ compensation claims can result in a LTIFR that is much larger or smaller than expected.  

Safe Work Australia and the Australian Bureau of Statistics are undertaking a review of the denominators used in calculating LTIFR benchmarks, which may influence the calculation of these rates in future.

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