Research

Harm index: Heat maps of work-related injuries

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland's (WHSQ) harm index and associated heat maps can be used when developing educational, advisory, intervention and leadership programs that are aimed at reducing the incidence of workplace health and safety deaths, injury and illness.

For more information, email Data and Evaluation Services on oirdata@oir.qld.gov.au

Methodology

The harm index combines workers' compensation claim numbers and costs of workplace incidents to produce a visual representation, broken down by industry or occupation, of the relative harm workers are likely to sustain during their working lives.

The harm index is a ratio of total statutory costs (an indicator of severity) to the exposure (i.e. all persons employed) within a given cohort to give an assessment of risk.

Initially, the harm index was produced at the two digit ANZSIC level for the 2011 planning cycle.

All business industry heat maps

The heat maps produced in 2018 compare the index of each industry sector at the three digit ANZSIC level across two Census years, 2011 and 2016.

The industry heat map provides a visual representation of relative risk by industry to give an indication of the relative risk to workers across industry sectors.

Small business industry heat maps

The small business heat maps produced in 2018 compare the index of each industry sector at the three digit ANZSIC level across two Census years, 2011 and 2016.

The industry heat map provides a visual representation of relative risk by industry to give an indication of the relative risk to workers in small businesses across industry sectors.

Occupations heat maps

The occupations heat maps produced in 2020 compare the index of each occupation at the three digit ANZSCO level across two Census years, 2011 and 2016.

Each occupation heat map provides a visual representation of relative risk to workers in various occupations in Queensland and the three WHSQ regions: Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay; South West, Logan and Gold Coast; and North and Central Queensland.

Regional industry heat maps

The regional industry heat maps demonstrate the relative harm by industry  for each of the three WHSQ regions: Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay; South West, Logan and Gold Coast ; and North and Central Queensland. They include all industries (excluding mining) for all on-duty at place of work claims to the ANZSIC  three digit level.

Typology reports

Typology analysis aims to show the mechanism of long term occupational injury to prevent injuries occurring in the first place. The results can be used to guide prevention efforts.

The analysis is based on injury mechanism as defined by Safe Work Australia’s Type of occurrence classification system (TOOCS), 3rd Edition. A subset of finalised workers’ compensation claims by industry have been broken down to two levels of mechanism; mechanism group and another more detailed level of mechanism. The reports also provide contextual information such as industry claim rates and age distribution of claims.

Last updated
04 June 2020