Work-related injuries and illnesses on the decline - 21.11.14

Finally some good news!

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show the number of people experiencing a work-related injury or illness has continued to decline.

“Overall, the rate of injury is a bit over four per cent, and today’s figures confirm that work-related injury rates have continued to fall.” said Stephen Collett from the ABS.

“We’ve seen a fall of just over two percentage points; it was 6.4 per cent in 2005-06 and it’s now down to 4.3 per cent.”

“Similar to previous years, men had a higher rate of work-related injuries than women,” said Mr Collett, “in 2013-14, this was driven by the large number of injuries sustained by men working in the manufacturing and construction industries.

“For women, the largest number of injuries occurred in the health care and social assistance industry, and in the accommodation and food services industry.”

(Source: OHS News).