Reduced injury frequency rates

The chart shows Frequency Rates of SafeWork Australia’s Priority Industry Sectors. 

Frequency rates are expressed as the number of serious claims per million hours worked, while incidence rates are expressed as the number of serious claims per 1000 employees.

Compared with an incidence rate, a frequency rate is a more precise and accurate measure of work health and safety because it reflects the number of injuries and diseases per hour worked.

It is important to account for the number of hours worked because there are significant differences in the number of hours worked by different groups of employees and employees at different points in time. 

The differences in the number of hours worked mean that employees’exposure to work-related risks vary considerably. 

A frequency rate accounts for these differences and allows accurate comparisons to be made of different groups of employees and employees at different points in time.

Generally the trend has been noticeably downwards, especially over the last two years.

Accommodation & Food Services, whilst the best performing sector over the period, has also been the most recalcitrant – down by only 1.2% pa. 

The best performing sector was Public Administration & Safety (-7.4% pa) and it now has the second lowest rate. The remaining four priority sectors have all reduced their frequency rates by between 5.4%pa (Transport Postal & Warehousing) and 6.9% (Manufacturing).

The frequency rate for all All Industries in Australia is now 5.9 per million hours worked and it has fallen by 5.8% pa over the period – a commendable achievement.

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