Safe Work Australia has released its latest statistical profile on work health and safety in Australian workplaces. All of the information in the report is interesting and relevant; most of the information is positive or an update of what was already known. But there are things missing.
The most obvious limitation of these statistics is that the primary source remains workers’ compensation claims data, which may take years to resolve. We know that this data source is not representative of the level of injuries and harm in Australian workplaces. SWA points out that additional sources are used, such as media reports and notifications from local jurisdictions, but these are of variable quality.