2020-21 Work health and safety statistics - Government administration & defence

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. 11.7% of those claims were in Government administration & defence and 29.2% of those claims were for serious injuries.

This infographic shows total workers compensation claims for Government administration & defence resulted in 652 total lost time in weeks and $5,333,737 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, 17.5% of injuries occurred in workers under 25, and 34.4% of those claims were for a serious injury. 28.4% of injuries occurred in the 25 to 34 age bracket, and 40.4% of those claims were for a serious injury. 20.8% of injuries occurred in the 35 to 44 age bracket, and 34.2% of those claims were for a serious injury. 16.4% of injuries occurred in the 45 to 54 age bracket, and 50% of those claims were for a serious injury. 13.1% of injuries occurred in the 55 to 64 age bracket, and 29.2% of injured workers in that age bracket were seriously injured. 3.8% of injuries occurred in the 65+ age bracket, and 42.9% of injured workers in that age bracket were seriously injured. In the gender graph, 61.7% of injured workers were male, 37.2% seriously injured, and 38.3% of injured workers were female, with 40% serious injured.

Main occupations seriously injured

This infographic shows the main occupations by serious injury claims. 14.6% of Government administration & defence serious injury claims were made by a Project and Program Administrator; 12.2% Prison Officer; and 12.2% by Welfare and Community Worker.

Main industry sub-groups by serious injury

This infographic shows 51.2% of Government administration & defence serious injury claims were in State Government and 46.3% in Local Government.

Main mechanisms of serious injury

This infographic shows the main three mechanisms of serious injury for Government administration & defence claims were 30.5% body stressing; 25.6% mental stress; and 18.3% falls, trips and slips of a person.

Break down by main mechanisms of serious injury

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

    64% traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury; and 28% musculoskeletal and connective tissue injury.

    The main three incident types were:

    • Muscular stress while lifting, carrying, or putting down objects (52%)
    • Muscular stress while handling objects other than lifting, carrying or putting down (20%)
    • Muscular stress with no objects being handled (20%)

    The main body areas injured were:

    • Lower Back (36%)
    • Shoulder (32%)

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

  • The main three injury groups resulting from mental stress were:

    52.4% Anxiety/stress disorder; 14.3% Post-traumatic stress disorder; and 14.3% Anxiety/depression combined.

    The main incident type was:

    • Work related harassment and/or workplace bullying (61.9%)

    The main body area injured was:

    • Psychological systems in general (100%)

    The infographic shows the psychological systems in general was the main body area injured.

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

    66.7% traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury; and 20% Wounds, lacerations, amputations and internal organ damage.

    The main two incident types were:

    • Falls on the same level (93.3%)
    • Falls from a height (6.7%)

    The main body areas injured were:

    • Knee (33.3%)
    • Ankle (20%)

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

 

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