2020-21 Work health and safety statistics - Health and community services

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. 13.8% of those claims were in Health and Community Services and 37.7% of those claims were for serious injuries.This infographic shows there was one work-related fatality in Health and Community Services and the total workers compensation claims resulted in 963 total lost time in weeks and $5,205,629 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, 6.1% of injuries occurred in workers under 25, and 40% of those claims were for a serious injury. 21.9% of injuries occurred in the 25 to 34 age bracket, and 36.1% of those claims were for a serious injury. 24.3% of injuries occurred in the 35 to 44 age bracket, and 43.8% of those claims were for a serious injury. 21.3% of injuries occurred in the 45 to 54 age bracket, and 37.1% of those claims were for a serious injury. 19.8% of injuries occurred in the 55 to 64 age bracket, and 33.8% of injured workers in that age bracket were seriously injured. 6.7% of injuries occurred in the 65+ age bracket, and 31.8% of injured workers in that age bracket were seriously injured. In the gender graph, 28% of injured workers were male, 37% seriously injured, and 72% of injured workers were female, with 38% serious injured.

Main occupations seriously injured

This infographic shows the main occupations by serious injury claims. 19.4% of all Health and Community Services serious injury claims were made by a registered nurse; 13.7% by a Welfare and Community Worker; Both Children’s Care Worker, as well as a Special Care Worker accounted for 8.1% each.

Main industry sub-groups by serious injury claims

This infographic shows 30.6% of the health and community services serious injury claims were in Hospitals, 16.1% in Non-residential Care Services NEC and 8.9% in Child Care Services, as well as Residential Care Services NEC.

Break down by main mechanisms of serious injury

This infographic shows the main three mechanisms of serious injury for health and community services claims were 34.7% being hit by moving objects; 21.8% body stressing; and 20.2% mental stress.

Break down by main mechanism of serious injury

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

    48.8% traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury; 32.6% wounds, lacerations, amputations and internal organ damage, and 11.6% fractures.

    The main two incident types were:

    • Being assaulted by a person or persons (53.5%)
    • Being bitten by an animal (14%)

    The main body areas injured were:

    • Fingers (18.6%)
    • Face (9.3%)

    The infographic shows the fingers and face were the main body areas injured.

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

    63% traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury; and 29.6% musculoskeletal and connective tissue injury.

    The main three incident types were:

    • Muscular stress while handling objects other than lifting, carrying or putting down (48.1%)
    • Muscular stress while lifting, carrying, or putting down objects (29.6%)
    • Muscular stress with no objects being handled (18.5%)

    The main body areas injured were:

    • Lower Back (48.1%)
    • Shoulder (18.5%)

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

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

    44% Anxiety/stress disorder; 20% reaction to stressors; and 20% anxiety/depression combined.

    The main three incident types were:

    • Work related harassment and/or workplace bullying (68%)
    • Work pressure (20%)
    • Exposure to traumatic event (8%)

    The main body area injured was:

    • Psychological systems in general (100%)

    The main body area injured was psychological systems in general.

 

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