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  • WORKCOVER NEW SOUTH WALES WORKERS COMPENSATION STATISTICSWORKCOVER NEW SOUTH WALES WORKERS COMPENSATION STATISTICS

    STATISTICAL BULLETIN

    WorkCover. Watching out for you.

    2002/032002/03

  • Statistical Bulletin

    2002/03

    NEW SOUTH WALES

    WORKERS COMPENSATION

    WORKCOVER NEW SOUTH WALES

  • This publication is also available for download from the WorkCover

    website: http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au

    The WorkCover Assistance Service can assist with enquiries relating to:

    occupational health and safety

    injury management

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    Phone: 13 10 50

    New South Wales Workers Compensation

    Statistical Bulletin 2002/03

    ISSN ####-####

    Produced by the Knowledge Management Branch

    WorkCover New South Wales

    2005

  • WORKCOVER NEW SOUTH WALES 3 WORKERS COMPENSATION STATISTICS 2002/03

    foreword

    I have pleasure in presenting the fourteenth issue of the Workers Compensation

    Statistical Bulletin for New South Wales. The Statistical Bulletins provide a unique

    guide to the operation of the WorkCover Scheme. They also indicate the general

    trends in workplace health and safety in New South Wales.

    The aim of the Workers Compensation Statistical Bulletin is to provide an

    overview of the major claims in New South Wales. Statistical information

    presented in this bulletin enables industry and individual workplaces to better

    understand the nature and extent of a problem in their area and identify issues

    for priority action.

    Jon Blackwell

    Chief Executive Officer

    November 2004

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    1 contents contents 1 Section 1 – Employment injuries ..............................................................................................11

    1.1 Trend, 1993/94 to 2002/03 ..............................................................................................................11

    1.1.1 Number, incidence rate and frequency rate ................................................................................11

    1.1.2 Gross incurred cost and time lost ..............................................................................................11

    1.2 Employment injuries for 2002/03........................................................................................................11

    1.2.1 Number of claims, GIC and time lost ........................................................................................11

    1.2.2 Age distribution ......................................................................................................................12

    1.2.3 Industry distribution ................................................................................................................12

    1.2.4 Occupation distribution ............................................................................................................13

    2 Section 2 – Fatalities......................................................................................................................15

    2.1 Trend, 1987/88 to 2002/03 ..............................................................................................................15

    2.1.1 Number, incidence rate and frequency rate ................................................................................16

    2.2 Current year fatalities, 2002/03 ..........................................................................................................16

    2.2.1 Industry..................................................................................................................................16

    2.2.2 Occupation ............................................................................................................................16

    2.2.3 Fatalities by age group, 2002/03 ..............................................................................................16

    2.3 Fatalities over the 10 year period, 1993/94 to 2002/03........................................................................16

    2.3.1 Workplace fatalities ................................................................................................................16

    2.3.2 Occupational disease fatalities ..................................................................................................17

    2.3.3 Other work-related fatalities......................................................................................................17

    3 Section 3 – Workplace injuries ..................................................................................................19

    3.1 Trend, 1993/94 to 2002/03 ..............................................................................................................19

    3.1.1 Number, incidence rate and frequency rate ................................................................................19

    3.1.2 Gross incurred cost and time lost ..............................................................................................19

    3.2 Current year workplace injuries, 2002/03 ............................................................................................20

    3.2.1 Number, incidence and frequency rates......................................................................................20

    3.2.2 Severity of injury ....................................................................................................................20

    3.2.3 Cost and time lost ..................................................................................................................20

    3.2.4 Industry distribution ................................................................................................................20

    3.2.5 Occupation distribution ............................................................................................................21

    3.3 Common injuries................................................................................................................................22

    3.3.1 Back injuries ..........................................................................................................................22

    3.3.2 Manual handling injuries ..........................................................................................................22

    3.3.3 Violence ................................................................................................................................23

    4 Section 4 – Occupational diseases ............................................................................................25

    4.1 Trend, 1991/92 to 2002/03 ..............................................................................................................25

    4.1.1 Number, incidence rate and frequency rate ................................................................................25

    4.1.2 GIC and time lost ....................................................................................................................25

    4.2 Current year occupational diseases, 2002/03 ......................................................................................26

    4.2.1 Number and nature of diseases ................................................................................................26

    4.2.2 Age distribution ......................................................................................................................27

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    contents 1 4.2.3 Industry distribution ................................................................................................................27

    4.2.4 Occupational distribution..........................................................................................................28

    4.3 Selected diseases ..............................................................................................................................28

    4.3.1 Deafness ................................................................................................................................28

    4.3.2 Mental disorders......................................................................................................................29

    4.3.3 Occupational overuse syndrome ................................................................................................30

    4.3.4 Hernia....................................................................................................................................31

    5 Section 5 – Other work-related injuries ..................................................................................33

    5.1 Trend, 1993/94 to 2002/03 ..............................................................................................................33

    5.1.1 Total other work-related injuries ................................................................................................33

    5.1.2 Components of other work-related injuries..................................................................................33

    5.1.3 Severity of other work-related injuries ........................................................................................34

    5.1.4 Cost and time lost .........................................................................................................