The number of Australian Workers’ Compensation Claims in 2015-16 was 104,770. Three occupations with the highest rates of claims were:
- Labourers – 17.7%
- Machine Operators and Drivers – 11.1%
- Community and Personal Service Workers – 10.7%
The causes of workers’ compensation claims comprised of 90% due to injury and musculoskeletal disorders, with 43% of these injuries involving traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury. 10% of worker’s compensation claims were due to wounds, lacerations, amputations and organ damage or other illness.
The median time lost due to work cover injury was 5.2 weeks, with work related injuries and illnesses costing employers, workers and the community $61.8 billion dollars per year.
The most common bodily location of injury in workers’ compensation claims is 13% neck and shoulder, 26% Arms/Upper limb, 20% lower back and 23% lower limbs.