In 2015, WorkSafe Tasmania and the WorkCover Tasmania Board conducted a statewide project to reduce body stressing injuries in the Health Care and Social Assistance Industry.

The project aimed to:

  • reduce body stressing injuries and subsequent claims for workers compensation in this industry
  • improve industry and stakeholder awareness of the risks associated with hazardous manual tasks

Injury statistics

During the 2012–13 financial year:

  • this industry recorded 611 body stressing claims, at a cost of $7.6 million
  • the most frequent injuries were soft tissue injuries
  • the back and shoulders were the most common body parts injured.

This project links to the targets for reducing the rate of claims for musculoskeletal disorders in these strategies:

WorkSafe Tasmania Strategic Plan 2013-2018

Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022