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Injury statistics for fire and emergency workers

The image below shows the most common injuries experienced by workers in this industry. Click on the circles to access more information about the injury statistics and practical solutions for making your workplace healthier and safer.

Depicts the most common injuries and hazards hotspots on the human body
Back
Knee
Shoulder
Ankle
Hand, fingers and thumbs
Leg
Psychological system
 

 

Includes food and drink products; fabric, clothing and footwear; other personal and household goods; and postal services sales assistants.

% of total injuries
Body part
Description of most prevalent injuries and causes
20%

Back

Muscle & tendon strains & sprains from lifting, carrying or moving equipment, people or vehicles

16%

Knee

Muscle & tendon strains & sprains from tripping or slipping on poor or uneven surfaces and equipment

8%

Shoulder

Muscle and tendon sprains and strains from lifting, carrying or moving equipment or vehicles

7%

Ankle

Muscle & tendon sprains & strains from tripping or slipping on poor or uneven surfaces

6%

Hand, fingers and thumbs

Wounds/lacerations from hitting or getting trapped between objects and equipment

5%

Leg

Muscle & tendon strains & sprains from lifting, carrying or moving equipment, people or vehicles

4%

Psychological system

Post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, work-related stress from exposure to a traumatic events and work related pressures

Source: Queensland Employee Injury Database. Data current as at Oct 2009 and is subject to change over time. Based on accepted workers┐ compensation claims, excluding commuting claims, between 2000-01 and 2007-08.


Last updated 07 October 2011