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Workers' compensation claims data

This information is taken from the Queensland Work Health and Safety Board Key statistical indicators quarterly update 1 2013-14 (PDF, 288.27 KB) .

All workers' compensation claims [2][4][6]
Accepted claims [2][3][4][6]

Table 6: Accepted claims (on duty and at place of work) by severity

Industry 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Total accepted claims (%)
Fatal 52 50 80 65 35 43 49 30 0.1
Total non-fatal 72,422 82,610 81,173 85,688 80,930 80,647 78,795 61,077 99.8
Permanent impairment 5650 5876 6008 5748 5305 4994 3843 1142 6.0
Serious temporary injury
( > 5 working days duration)
23,063 24,564 25,513 25,593 24,461 24,350 25,469 21,135 30.8
Short term temporary
injury ( < 5 working days duration)
43,709 52,170 55,652 54,347 51,164 51,303 49,483 38,740 62.9
Asbestosis/mesothelioma claims 118 94 87 69 74 100 120 88 0.1
Total 72,592 82,754 87,340 85,822 81,039 80,790 78,964 61,135 100*
Rate (per 1000 workers) 42.4 45.7 46.8 44.6 42.0 40.9 39.2 30.2  
Annual change (%) -1a 8 2 -5 -6 -2 -4 -4  

Source: Queensland employee injury database. Data current as at June quarter 2013
Includes on duty, on break at place of work and employees only.
Claims are subject to development. a percentage change between 2004-05 and 2005-06
*Totals may not add to 100 per cent due to rounding

The total number of accepted claims decreased over the last five financial years after an historical high in 2007-08. However, asbestosis or mesothelioma claims have increased from 2008-09 to 2011-12. Claims for 2012-13 are yet to fully develop.

The jump in claims from 2005-06 to 2006-07 was due to the introduction of the 'fax fee' by WorkCover Queensland, the initiative was designed to reduce the under-reporting of claims and also to improve intervention timeframes.

Intimated claims are all claims lodged in the Queensland worker's compensation scheme. See Figure 7, page eleven of the Queensland Work Health and Safety Board key statistical indicator quarterly report.

Fatal claims [2][3][4][6]

Table 7: Accepted fatal claims by type

  2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Commuting 41 37 32 40 37 27 24 19
On break and other 2 3 1 6 1 4 0 0
Working away from normal workplace 2 6 0 3 4 6 6 4
On duty road traffic accidents 21 19 38 24 10 9 11 11
On duty at place of work 28 24 41 37 21 27 32 15
Traumatic injuries 18 17 25 24 14 24 24 13
Diseases 8 6 12 11 7 3 3 1
Other 2 1 4 2 0 0 0 1
Total 94 89 112 110 74 73 73 49
Rate (per 100 000 workers) 5.5 4.9 6.0 5.7 3.8 3.6 3.4  
Annual change (%) 3a -10 22 -5 -33 -6 -6  

Source: Queensland employee injury database. Data current as at June quarter 2013
The method of identification of fatal claims was recently reviewed, This has lead to a decrease in both the number of claims and the reported rate. As such, the above table may not match previous reports. Includes employees only. Excludes fatalities due to asbestosis or mesothelioma. Claims are subject to development.
a percentage change between 2004-05 and 2005-06

Given the small numbers of accepted fatal claims, it is difficult to determine an overarching trend due to volatility.

From 2005-06 to 2012-2013 commuting claims account for the majority of accepted fatal claims, followed by traumatic injuries that occur while on duty, at the workplace.

Asbestosis/mesothelioma claims [2][3][4][6]

Table 8: Accepted asbestosis/mesothelioma claims by severity

  2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Fatal4 34 49 37 20 9 10 16 4
Permanent Impairment 17 13 7 4 1 9 15 18
Temporary Impairment 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Common Law 30 15 6 10 4 6 8 3
Other 36 17 37 35 59 74 81 63
Total 118 94 87 69 74 100 120 88

Source: Queensland employee injury database. Data current as at June quarter 2013
Claims are subject to development. Includes employees only.

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Notes:
[2] Workers' compensation data is sourced from the Queensland employee injury database. Data is current as at the March quarter 2013 and is subject to change with further development. The mining industry is excluded from all data.

[3] Accepted claims are those claims for which liability has been accepted by insurers at least once in the claim's history. Some claim types take longer to be accepted, in particular fatalities, diseases and permanent impairment claims.

[4] WorkCover Queensland has changed how it processes claims for latent onset diseases. Workers with some terminal latent onset diseases (eg asbestosis, mesothelioma, skin cancers, passive smoking) have the option of receiving a lump sum payment at the time of diagnosis, or a payment to their estate on their death. Workers who accept the lump sum payment upfront are no longer classified as fatalities, even after they have actually died. Dependents normally don't notify WorkCover Queensland when the worker has died.

[6] The identification of the employment status of compensated workers has improved (ie whether the worker is an employee, self-employed, volunteer, or student on industry placement). This has resulted in small changes to the number of employees used to calculate injury and fatality rates for the monitoring measures. The full-time series has been updated with the revised data to ensure time-series consistency.

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