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OHS Statistics

Workplace Health and Safety Statistical Data 

Workplace injuries vary from industry to industry. When considering your workplace health and safety plan consider your industry representation and set your OH&S safety plan accordingly. 




Workplace Incident Rates

Workplace Health and Saftey incidents saw five industries with incidence rates substantially higher than the national rate of 13.5 serious claims for each 1000 employees. When the incident rate per thousand employees was applied using hours worked, the five top industries continued to show incident rates above the national rate of 8 serious claims per million hours worked.








  • Work In Retail Trade?


Take the link to view the top 8 sub-segments in retail trade that witrness a higher rate of inury to the overall 15 retail trade sub categories


  • Work In Construction?


Take the link in to see what construction injury types are common in this sector to better plan your construction health and safety management system to reduce the risk of injury in your workplace.

Average Cost To Employer - Injury Severity


The below statistical data demonstrates that the costs will far outweigh the investment in ensuring your workplace initiates a robust health and safety management system. Occupational Safety Strategies offer a varying ohs  management systems that will create a safer work environment and assist in reducing workplace accidents.



Cost Category (Conceptual Group)


Cost of overtime and over-employment (PDC)

Proportion of overtime totally related to work-related injuries and wage of workers that would not be required if there were no work-related injuries.

Employer excess payments (PDC)

Portion of the costs of a claim required to be paid by the employer before workers’ compensation provisions begin.

Staff turnover costs (PDC)

The costs to the employer associated with hiring new employees to replace injured or absent workers. This includes advertising costs and the costs associated with time spent in the recruitment process.

Staff training and retraining costs (PDC)

The costs to the employer associated with training existing staff and retraining new staff. This could arise both from legislative requirements as a result of work-related incidents or simply the need to train staff with new skills as a result of increased responsibility or changed duties.

Medical threshold payments (MEDC)

Portion of workers’ medical expenses to be met by the employer as part of employer excess provisions.

Legal fines and penalties (ADMINC)

Costs associated with successful prosecutions associated with proceedings initiated by workers’ compensation authorities as a result of serious work-related incidents.

Investigation costs (ADMINC)

Costs associated with conducting an investigation into an incident and the administrative cost of collecting and reporting information on work-related incidents.




Information sources taken from Safe Work Australia "The Cost of Work-related Injury and Illnes for Australian Employers, Workers and the Community: 2008–09"  (March 2012 Edition)