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
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: