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NSW work-related fatalities at lowest level in almost 20 years

02 June, 2016

The latest workers compensation data released by the State's workers compensation authority shows a significant fall in death and injury rates in NSW workplaces.

The Statistical Bulletin 2013/14 for NSW workers compensation statistics published by the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) shows work related employment injuries decreased by eight per cent in 2013/14 and employment related fatalities fell to their lowest level since 1987/88.

Deputy Secretary Better Regulation, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation and Chief Executive of SIRA, Anthony Lean said the results put NSW on track to meet national safety targets.

"The NSW Government is committed to driving down injury rates and improving workplace safety and productivity," Lean said.

"An increased focus by SafeWork NSW on advisory services, education and assistance through workplace visits, campaigns and industry programs has led to an improvement in workplace safety.

"A fall in injuries benefits business through a healthier workforce and reduced workers compensation premiums. This is demonstrated by the 17 per cent fall in premiums on average since 2012 and the continuing fall in standardised premiums.

"A reduction in injuries also improves the financial performance of the Scheme, and last year the NSW Government was able to deliver a $1 billion enhancement package that better supports injured workers, incentivises safe workplaces and keeps premiums down.

Other highlights of the Statistical Bulletin 2013/14 include:

  • All work related employment injuries in 2013/14 decreased by 8 per cent from 2012/13 with a 10 per cent decrease in the incidence rate.
  • A total of 30,126 major employment injuries were reported in 2013/14, a decrease of 3453 or 10 per cent from 33,579 in 2012/13.
  • The number of employment related fatalities reported in 2013/14 decreased to the lowest level since 1987/88.
  • Workplace injuries resulting in permanent disability (528 in 2013/14) decreased by 162 or 23 per cent compared to the previous year.
  • Total claim payments decreased by 7 per cent to $2.74 billion

The Statistical Bulletin 2013/14 for NSW workers compensation statistics is aimed at increasing community awareness of work-related injury and occupational disease. It contains data from SIRA and Insurance & Care NSW (icare).

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