The preliminary data for 2011–12 show there were 3365 successful workers’ compensation claims for serious injury or illness. Over the five years from 2007–08 to 2011–12, the Mining industry accounted for 2% of all serious workers’ compensation claims. On average there were 8 claims each day from employees who required one or more weeks off work because of work-related injury or disease.
Figure 1 shows that the incidence rate of serious claims in the Mining industry has fallen 51% from 29.8 claims per 1000 employees in 2000–01 to 14.6 in 2010–11. This rate is slightly higher than the rate for all industries (12.7 claims per 1000 employees).
Between 2007–08 and 2011–12:
- Body stressing accounted for 34% of claims—many of these claims were due to muscular stress while handling Non-powered handtools, appliances and equipment.
- Falls, trips and slips of a person accounted for 22% of claims with more than half involving falling over objects on the ground or on slippery surfaces.
- Being hit by moving objects accounted for 18% of claims—the most common causes being hit by metal objects such as bars, pipes, beams or by rocks, stones and boulders.