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Statistics

The following statistics are an indication of the prevalence of medical issues in the workplace. St John’s Corporate Health Package can facilitate a safer, healthier workforce and help minimise work absences related to medical matters.

LOST TIME INJURIES

In 2014-15, there were 413 LTIs in the mining industry alone. This equated to 7,883 rostered days lost and a further 11,361 rostered days of restricted work.  The average number of workdays lost was 19.1 days per injury (Department of Mines and Petroleum).

The first response to an injury impacts the recovery and well being of the patient and the amount of time needed off work. St John medical staff have the experience and backing of the state ambulance provider which facilitates the best possible outcome for the patient and the quickest return to work.

COMMON INJURIES

These were the most common injuries in the WA mining industry in 2014/15 (Department of Mines and Petroleum).

  1. Sprain/strain: approximately 51% of injuries
  2. Fracture: approximately 14%
  3. Laceration: approximately 7%
  4. Crushing: approximately 6%
  5. Bruise/contusion: approximately 5%

To reinforce our first aid training, St John has a series of first aid posters which address injuries such as sprains and fractures. The free first aid posters can be downloaded here.

CHRONIC DISEASES

About half of all Australians have a chronic disease and around 20% have at least two. (e.g. cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease). Chronic diseases are the leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).

Therefore, it is likely that a significant percentage of your workforce has an underlying medical condition. This increases the risk of a medical incident happening on-site and that the required treatment will be more complex.

GP VISITS

One in eight Australians (12.5%) saw a General Practitioner at least 12 times and more than one-third of Australians (35.3%) saw a GP six or more times in 2012-13. (19 March 2015, National Health Performance Authority).

MENTAL HEALTH

In 2007, 1 in 5 Australians aged 16-85 (20%) experienced a mental health disorder in the previous 12 months. (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).

WHS PRIORITY INDUSTRIES

The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 is a framework to help improve work health and safety in Australia. The strategy identifies the industries listed below as priorities, due to their hazardous nature or the high numbers and rates of deaths and/or injuries (Safe Work Australia).

  • Agriculture
  • Road transport
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Public administration and safety
  • Health care and social assistance