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Injury statistics for metal product manufacturing

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
Forearm
Eye
Hand and fingers
Shoulder
Wrist
Foot and toes
Knee
Back
 

 

Includes organisation mainly engaged in basic iron and steel manufacturing; iron and steel casting and forging; steel pipe and tube manufacturing; alumina production; aluminium smelting; copper, sliver. Lead and zinc smelting, refining; basic non-ferrous metal manufacturing; aluminium rolling, drawing, extruding; non-ferrous metal rolling, drawing, extruding; non-ferrous metal casting; structural steel fabricating; architectural aluminium product manufacturing; structural metal product manufacturing; metal container manufacturing; sheet metal product manufacturing; hand tool and general hardware manufacturing; spring and wire product manufacturing; nut, bolt, screw and rivet manufacturing; metal coating and finishing; non-ferrous pipe fitting manufacturing; and fabricated metal product manufacturing.

Body part

% of total injuries

Injury type

Injury mechanism

Hazards

Hands and fingers

25%

Laceration and open wound

Working with various types of pieces of metal

Sharp objects

Eye

17%

Metal fragments in eyes

Using grinders

Foreign body

Back

15%

Muscle and tendon sprains and strains

Lifting, carrying or moving various types of pieces of metal

Manual tasks

Shoulder

5%

Muscle and tendon sprains and strains

Lifting, carrying or moving various types of pieces of metal

Manual tasks

Knee

4%

Muscle and tendon sprains and strains and laceration and open wound

Lifting, carrying or putting down various types of pieces of metal

Manual tasks

Wrist

4%

Muscle and tendon sprains and strains

Lifting, carrying or putting down various types of pieces of metal and lacerations/open wounds from being hit by pieces of metal

Manual tasks

Foot and toes

3%

Contusions, bruising, superficial crushing

Being hit by falling pieces of metal and from dropping pieces of metal

Falling objects

Forearm

3%

Laceration and open wound

Working with various types of pieces of metal

Sharp objects


Source: Queensland Employee Injury Database. Data current as at August 2008 and is subject to change over time. Based on accepted workers' compensation claims, excluding commuting claims, between 2000-01 and 2006-07 which resulted in a musculoskeletal injury.


Last updated 07 October 2011