2020-21 Work health and safety statistics - Construction

Key injury claims information

This infographic shows there were a total of 2392 workers' compensation claims in the Northern Territory for the year 2020-21. 12.3% of those claims were in Construction and 34.6% of those claims were for serious injuries.

This infographic shows there was one work-related fatality in Construction and the total workers compensation claims resulted in 1201 total lost time in weeks and $6,403,455 was paid in benefits.

  • Claims where the worker needed at least one week off due to their injuries are considered serious injuries.

Injury claims by age and gender

The image shows two bar graphs detailing injury claims by age and gender. In the age graph, 18.3% of injuries occurred in workers under 25, and 37% of those claims were for a serious injury. 24.7% of injuries occurred in the 25 to 34 age bracket, and 34.2% of those claims were for a serious injury. 20% of injuries occurred in the 35 to 44 age bracket, and 42.4% of those claims were for a serious injury. 16.6% of injuries occurred in the 45 to 54 age bracket, and 28.6% of those claims were for a serious injury. 16.3% of injuries occurred in the 55 to 64 age bracket, and 27.1% of injured workers in that age bracket were seriously injured. 4.1% of injuries occurred in the 65+ age bracket, and 41.7% of injured workers in that age bracket were seriously injured. In the gender graph, 91.5% of injured workers were male, 35.6% seriously injured, and 8.5% of injured workers were female, with 24% serious injured.

Main occupations seriously injured

This infographic shows the main occupations by serious injury claims. 16.7% of Construction serious injury claims were made by a Carpentry and Joinery Tradesperson; 14.7% by a Construction and Plumbers Assistant; 12.7% by an electrician.

Main industry sub-groups by serious injury claims

This infographic shows 23.5% of Construction serious injury claims were in Non-residential building construction and 17.6% in Electrical Services.

Main mechanisms of serious injury

This infographic shows the main three mechanisms of serious injury for construction claims were 29.4% body stressing; 25.5% falls, trips and slips of a person; and 21.6% being hit by moving objects.

Break down by main mechanisms of serious injury

  • The main two injury groups resulting from body stressing were:

    50% traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury and 33.3% musculoskeletal and connective tissue injury.

    The main three incident types were:

    • Muscular stress while lifting, carrying, or putting down objects (43.3%)
    • Muscular stress while handling objects other than lifting, carrying or putting down (33.3%)
    • Muscular stress with no objects being handled (16.7%)

    The main two body areas injured were:

    • Lower back (46.7%)
    • Shoulder (16.7%)

    The infographic shows the shoulders and lower back were the main body areas injured.

  • The main two injury groups resulting from falls, slips and trips of a person were:

    50% traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury and 34.6% fractures.

    The main two incident types were:

    • Falls on the same level (65.4%)
    • Falls from a height (34.6%)

    The main three body areas injured were:

    • Ankle (26.9%)
    • Knee (26.9%)
    • Lower leg (11.5%)

    The infographic shows the knee, lower leg and ankle were the main body areas injured.

  • The main three injury groups resulting from being hit by moving objects were:

    45.5% wounds, lacerations, amputations and internal organ damage; 22.7% traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury; and 13.6% other injuries (foreign body in eye).

    The main three incident types were:

    • Being hit by moving objects (36.4%)
    • Being hit by falling object (22.7%)
    • Being trapped by moving machinery or equipment (18.2%)

    The main three body areas injured were:

    • Finger (27.3%)
    • Knee (18.2%)
    • Eye (13.6%)

    The infographic shows the finger, knee and eye were the main body areas injured.

 

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