Work health and safety statistics highlight areas of focus

Key work health and safety statistics for the Northern Territory have been published as part of National Safe Work Month. One of the national sub-themes for this year’s event is ‘using data to make your workplace safe’.

The Northern Territory data provides an overview of the latest workers compensation and work-related fatality statistics for the 2019-20 financial year. This data is additional to national data published earlier this week by Safe Work Australia.

Key findings show:

  • Falls from a height was the main cause of work-related fatalities in the NT in 2019-20.
  • 30.3% of all workers compensation claims were for a serious injury.
  • The highest proportion of serious injury claims were from workers aged 25-34.
  • Body stressing was the main cause of serious injury in the NT.

The Northern Territory’s Work Health and Safety Regulator Bill Esteves said the data provides insights into the main causes of injury in workplaces, giving businesses an area of focus to review their training, and ensure their safety systems, processes and procedures are being used, and effective in preventing the repetition of similar incidents.

“Moving forward, NT WorkSafe will publish financial year data annually to provide an additional resource to help businesses focus their efforts to improve safety in their workplace,” Mr Esteves said.

“NT WorkSafe is also using the data to develop prevention led work health and safety campaigns with the aim of reducing incidents and injuries in the areas of concern.”

“These campaigns will be announced in the next few months and will be a combination of advice and information and compliance campaigns,” Mr Esteves said.

The Key Work Health and Safety Statistics 2019-20 is available on the NT WorkSafe website.

Peter Chan
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