• Appendix 10: Occupational health and safety report

    Section 74 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991

    The following information details our responses to our legal obligations under section 74 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 (OH&S Act).

    Section 74(1)(C)

    This is the second year of operation of our current 'health and safety management arrangements' mandated by the OH&S Act. We focused on the election of representatives and selecting health and safety representative co-ordinators. We aligned our ongoing training of health and safety representatives with our new centralised learning and development systems.

    Section 74(1)(D)

    This year we addressed specific risk areas identified under our risk-management framework, resulting in improvements to our work environment. For example, we introduced dual desktop monitors, sit/stand work stations and Pause Software solutions. We also introduced automated external defibrillators to enhance our existing first aid management arrangements.

    Section 74(1)(DA)

    Preventing work-related injury

    TABLE 7.26: Injury rate per 1,000 full time equivalent employees, by premium year, 2007-08 to 2010-11

    Injury rate

    2007-08(a)

    2008-09(a)

    2009-10(a)

    2010-11

    Number of injuries (per 1,000 full-time equivalent employees)

    17.40

    15.58

    15.89

    10.61

    (a) Figures for previous years in this table vary from those reported at the time as Comcare may continue to accept claims for past years.

    TABLE 7.27: Compensable injuries received and accepted by Comcare, 2007-08 to 2010-11

    Compensable injuries

    2007-08

    2008-09

    2009-10(a)

    2010-11

    Claims received by Comcare

    536

    501

    464

    423

    Claims accepted by Comcare

    389

    343

    342

    292

    Percentage of claims accepted

    72.5

    68.5

    73.7

    69.0

    (a) Figures for previous years in this table vary from those reported at the time as Comcare may continue to accept claims for past years.

    TABLE 7.28: Comcare premium, 2007-08 to 2010-11

    Category

    2007-08

    2008-09

    2009-10

    2010-11

    Premium rate

    2.42

    1.91

    1.69

    1.73

    Premium amount ($m)

    $37.23

    $31.94

    $26.1

    $30.80

    Our workers compensation premium rose significantly due to the acceptance of a number of claims from previous years through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. The original premium rate for 2010-11 was 1.74% however this amount was reduced by 0.01% to 1.73% due to our improved claims performance.

    Outcome measures

    Table 7.29. outlines our performance against the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission's performance indicators. Performance is reported by financial year. Among other things, the table shows that incapacity rates (that is, absence due to injury) for all measures continue to decline.

    TABLE 7.29: Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission performance indicators, 2007-08 to 2010-11

     

    2007-08

    2008-09

    2009-10

    2010-11

    P1.1

    Incidence of injuries with five or more days lost time per 1,000 full-time equivalent employees

    9.25

    8.02

    10.16

    8.68

    P1.2

    Incidence of injuries with 30 or more days lost time per 1,000 full-time equivalent employees

    6.13

    4.15

    5.59

    5.10

    P1.3

    Incidence of injuries with 60 or more days lost time per 1,000 full-time equivalent employees

    3.91

    3.01

    4.43

    4.14

    P4

    Lost time injury (claims) frequency rate

    6.28

    5.10

    6.34

    5.91

    C1

    Average time taken (in calendar days from date of injury to lodging claim with Comcare)

    80

    81

    80

    82

    R1

    Percentage of claims with incapacity for 10 or more days and a return to work plan (%)

    68

    68

    58

    64

    R2

    Quality of return to work (% achieving return to work on case closure) (%)

    81

    79

    81

    73

    NOTE
    The figures in this table vary slightly from last year because they have been updated to reflect the current position for the years shown. The receipt of late claims with updated costs and incapacity periods results in slight variations from year to year.

    Section 74(1)(E)

    There were 133 notifiable incidents under Section 68 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in 2010-11, a reduction of 22% on the previous year. While in the previous year of 2009-10 there was an increase in incidents relating to building maintenance and refurbishment work (such as fumes, dust particles, and slips on substances), in 2010-11 these incident types reduced significantly. However, there was an increase in number of incidents relating to lift faults and threats made to employees at shop fronts.

    TABLE 7.30: Notifiable incidents, 2007-08 to 2010-11

    Notifiable incident

    2007-08

    2008-09

    2009-10

    2010-11

    Death(a)

    1

    0

    1

    3

    Serious personal injury

    49

    98

    67

    65

    Injury resulting in incapacity of more than 30 days

    0

    8

    7

    14

    Dangerous occurrences

    11

    29

    95

    51

    TOTAL

    61

    138

    170

    133

    (a) The deaths were not workplace related.

    Three deaths occurred on ATO premises in 2010-11 but were later found not to be work related.

    The incidents resulting in serious personal injury are mainly related to falls or trips in the workplace, and motor vehicle accidents, suspected heart attacks and asthma attacks while on ATO business.

    The majority of dangerous occurrences in 2010-11 related to incidents involving lifts (being trapped for a lengthy period, tripping when stopping not level with the floor or malfunctions such as sudden dropping, doors opening between floors or re-dropping).

    Section 74(1)(F)

    Under Section 29 we received, investigated and resolved two provisional improvement notices for environmental issues.

    There were no notices issued under sections 46 or 47 of the Act.

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