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Clarence racks up 745 injury claims in just two years

CLARENCE Valley workers racked up 745 injury claims in just two years.

An APN Newsdesk analysis of Safe Work Australia workers' compensation claim data reveals office workers are at highest risk of injury in our region.

A total of 390 employees across the Clarence Valley region were injured in the 2012-13 financial year and 355 others were hurt in 2013-14.

The highest number of claims came from the clerical, sales and service sector, with 890 lodged, while the professional sector made 175 claims.

Tradies came in third place, with 135 compo claims submitted.

SWA says on-the-job injuries left a $60.6-billion hole in the nation's economy each year.

Allison Hutton, one of the country's leading experts in workplace health and safety, said the death and injury tolls were too high.

"Health and safety has to remain a very high concern for employers," the CQUniversity OHS and accident forensics academic said.

"There were close to 118,000 serious injury claims (Australia-wide) in the 2012-13 financial year.

"If you look at the numbers, they're scary, but you can also see an improvement over the last 20 years."

Ms Hutton said a new generation of safety-conscious leaders could turn the tide on workplace deaths and injuries with many coming into the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety.

"(It's) the beginnings of a generational shift," she said.

- APN NEWSDESK

 



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