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 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.

Occupations heat maps

In the case of the 2013 planning cycle, the occupations harm index was produced based on the three digit ANZSIC level for the 'All industries' heat map and the two digit ANZSIC level for all other heat maps.

The heat map  provides a visual representation of relative risk by occupation.

Regional heat maps

The regional heat maps demonstrate the relative harm by occupation for each of the five WHSQ regions: Brisbane North and Sunshine Coast; Brisbane South and Gold Coast; South West Queensland; Central Queensland and Wide Bay; and North Queensland. They include all industries (excluding mining) for all on-duty at place of work claims to the ANZSCO 2 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
28 August 2019