NSW work deaths lowest in 20 years

Tuesday, 17 May, 2016

NSW work deaths lowest in 20 years

The latest workers compensation data shows a significant fall in death and injury rates in NSW workplaces.

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has published the Statistical Bulletin 2013/14 for NSW workers compensation statistics, which shows work-related employment injuries decreased by 8% in 2013–14 and employment-related fatalities fell to their lowest level since 1987–88.

Anthony Lean, the deputy secretary better regulation, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation and chief executive of SIRA, 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,” said Lean.

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

During this time period, the data showed that total claim payments decreased by 7% to $2.74 billion.

The number of workplace injuries resulting in permanent disability also decreased by 23% compared to the previous year.

Lean attributes improvements in workplace safety to an increased focus by SafeWork NSW on advisory services, education and assistance through workplace visits, campaigns and industry programs.

“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,” he said.

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).

For further information, go to www.sira.nsw.gov.au.

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