Safe Work Australia has  recently released new statistics that demonstrate Workers Compensation claims have continued to decline over a 15 year period since 2000. Claim frequency relate to males, muscular stress from lifting/handling  & slips, trips & falls.

Australian Trends & Insights – Key message is workers compensation claims continue to drop. When reviewing the 2014/15 data some of the key trends & insights were:

  • Area of the body most affected by injury and disease is the back at 21%
  • 64% of claims were for males whilst only 36% for females
  • The biggest cause of claims at 32% was muscular stress while lifting or handling objects
  • Slips, trips and falls made up 23% of all claims

When bench marking 2014/15 to data from 2000/01:

  • Between 2000/01 and 2013/14, the frequency rate of serious claims fell by 33%
  • The number of serious claims arising from injury and musculoskeletal disorders fell by 15% with the number from diseases fell by 11%. Mental disorders however increased by 1%
  • Between 2000/01 and 2013/14 the median time loss for a serious claim rose by 33% from 4.2 working weeks to 5.6

For a full copy of the report please visit