November 14, 2018

Healthcare Industry Statistics

The healthcare industry is one of the many industries in the health and welfare sector. Maintaining positive health and safety attitudes is critical.
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  • The healthcare and social assistance industry employs approximately 12% of the Australian workforce, but accounts for staggering injury rates and close to 16% of serious workers compensation claims
  • Body stressing accounts for more than 50% of healthcare workers’ compensation claims, with injuries commonly associated with lifting people, moving beds and pushing unwieldy trolleys
  • Slips, trips and falls represent close to 20% of claims, with increases impacted by extremely busy high traffic areas
  • Mental/emotional stress accounts for approximately 8% of claims, with more than half the incidents caused by fellow workers and patients
  • Physical assaults account for around 5% of all healthcare workers compensation claims
  • 7 deaths in Electricity, gas, water & waste services in Australia in 2016
  • 1,255 serious claims in Electricity, gas, water and waste services in Australia in 2013-2014
  • 205 fatalities nationally each year; 36% vehicle incidents, 13% falls from height, and 21% of fatalities were truck drivers
  • 115, 400 serious workers’ compensation claims made each year; 16% of which were as a result of muscular stress while lifting, carrying, and handling objects; and 29% of serious claims were made by labourers
  • In WA, 30 workers are killed each year; where vehicle incidents account for 35%, 12% are hit by falling objects, and more than 1/3 are workers aged 35 and under
  • Eight work-related traumatic injury fatalities were recorded during the five years from 2011-12 to 2015-16 in relation to falls from a height
  • During 2011-12 a total of 121 459 days were lost from work due to falls from heights at an estimated cost of $71 732 509. Figures have fallen to 117 608 days lost from work at an estimated cost of $63 865 610 in 2015-16p – this equates to around 107 days lost per LTI/D at an estimated cost of $58 325 (where LTI/Ds refer to lost time injuries and diseases where one or more days/shifts have been lost from work as a result of a workplace incident)
  • Knees, ankles, shoulders and lower back continue to be the areas of the body most affected by Falls from a height LTI/Ds
  • A total number of 248 258 days were lost during 2015-16p at an estimated cost of $138 949 830 which equates to around 86 days lost per LTI/D at an estimated cost of $47 881. Compared to 2011-12, these figures have risen by seven days lost and by an extra $6 383 per LTI/D
  • The age group responsible for the greatest proportion of LTI/Ds for the mechanism Falls on the same level during 2015-16p is the 45-54 age group (26% or 749 LTI/Ds). Over the five-year reporting period, this age group accounted for 27% (or 3 936 LTI/Ds) of injuries from Falls on the same level
  • Body stressing remains the most common cause of injury in Australia, where these injuries accounted for more than a third (37.6%) of all LTI/Ds in Western Australia during 2015-16p (6 357 LTI/Ds)
  • Muscular stress while handling objects other than lifting, carrying or putting down LTI/Ds decreased 11.8% during 2015-16p compared to 2011-12 (from 3 836 to 3 382 incidences) while Muscular stress while lifting, carrying or putting down objects LTI/Ds fell 13.8% (from 2 517 in 2011-12 to 2 169 in 2015-16p)
  •  73% of trips and falls are caused by inattentiveness and distraction
  • Work-related injury and disease cost the Australian community $61.8 billion in a year
  • Workers forget up to 50% of what they learn in employee training sessions within an hour without revisiting the material; within a day that grows to 70%, and within a month it goes up to 90%
  • 43% of serious injuries involve traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury
  • The median amount of compensation paid for a serious claim is $10,800

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