2016 Allowed Lost Time Claims by Leading Injury Event
Over the past 10 years, overexertion has consistently represented the leading injury event and in 2016 accounted for 18 per cent of allowed lost time claims, down from 23 per cent in 2007. A further 16 per cent were the result of a worker being struck by objects/equipment and 14 per cent resulted from a fall on the same level.
In 2016, workers in the services sector (the sector with the largest number of workers covered) were most prone to experiencing one of the five leading injury events. While male workers represented the majority of lost time claims for these injury events overall, female workers represented the highest percentage of lost time claims that resulted from a fall on the same level.
These leading injury events also tended to be highest among the older age groups (50 to 54 and 55 to 59 years old), in various occupations.