Workplace health and safety statistics
WorkSafe strives to provide useful work-related injury and disease data to assist you in creating and maintaining an injury free workplace. Statistical information has been expanded to cover a range of key subjects specifically for Western Australian workplaces.
WorkSafe moves to the latest industry and injury coding standards
On the 1 July 2011, WorkSafe commenced using the latest versions of industry, occupation and injury coding standards for the reporting and investigation of all work related traumatic fatalities and lost time injuries and diseases in Western Australia.
ANZSIC 2006 and ANZSCO publications can be downloaded from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website. The ABS site also provides correspondence tables and indexes of primary activities for ANZSIC 2006 to help you find where your organisation fits in the new industry structure. TOOCS 3.1 can be downloaded from the Safe Work Australia website.
In terms of data reporting, a break in series has occurred. This means data is not comparable between the older and updated versions due to the structural and definition differences.
For example, under ANZSIC 1993 manufacturers who sold their produce directly to end consumers i.e. bakeries, would be classified as retailers (class 5124 Bread and Cake Retailing, group 512 Specialised Food Retailing, subdivision 51 Food Retailing, Division G Retail Trade); in ANZSIC 2006 this has been changed so that businesses that manufacture and sell their product on the same premise are classified under manufacturing (class 1174 Bakery Product Manufacturing (non-factory based), group 117 Bakery Product Manufacturing, subdivision 11 Food Product Manufacturing, Division C Manufacturing).
Another difference is the TOOCS coding definition of the mechanism of injury; in TOOCS 3.1 it is to identify the circumstances of the incident rather than the direct cause of the most serious injury/disease as defined in TOOCS 2.1.
Therefore, time series data analysis is not possible across coding versions and will not be possible in the updated versions until at least three years of data has been recorded (available in July 2013). As such the reporting years up to and including 2008-2009 data will remain in the older classification versions (ANZSIC 1993, TOOCS 2.1 and ASCO); data for the reporting year 2009-2010 and beyond will be reported in the updated classification versions ANZSIC 2006, TOOCS 3.1 and ANZSCO).
2008-09 Data note
Industry denominator data (numbers of employees and numbers of hours worked) used to calculate incidence and frequency rates are provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Industry denominators coded to Australian and New Zealand Standard Industry Classification (ANZSIC) 1993 has been applied to claims data up until the 2007-08 lodgement year. However, due to implementation of a new ANZSIC version (ANZSIC 2006), denominators applicable to claims lodged in 2008-09 have been retrospectively converted to ANZSIC 1993. Although industry divisional level incidence and frequency rates are not impacted by this change, some variations are evident at the sub-industry level. As such, caution is advised when using sub-industry rates in relation to the 2008-09 preliminary data; an asterisk symbol denotes sub-industries with significant variations. This will not be an issue in future years as claims for lodgement years 2009-10 onwards are being coded to ANZSIC 2006.
Note that TOOCS3.1, ANZSCO and ANZSIC 2006 codes are being applied to all claims lodged from 1 July 2009 onwards.
Resources available on this subject:
- Data definitions and rate calculations
- Operational priority area statistics
- Industry statistics
- Industry benchmarks
- WA Key OSH statistics
- Work-related fatalities
- Information paper:
- Recording of traumatic work related fatalities by WorkSafe
- Cultural and recreational services industry: Increases in lost time injuries and diseases among aged workers
- Rise of severe lost time injuries and diseases updated 2 October 2010
- Library catalogue
- Useful links
- Contact details
If the above information does not meet your requirements a data request can be made. Please allow ten working days for your request to be completed.
Frequently asked questions
- Where can I find the industry benchmark to compare with?
- What if our business is involved in more than one type of industry?
- When will last financial year's statistics be available?
More frequently asked questions about statistics can be found here.