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Wednesday, 19 October 1983
Page: 1980

Question No. 340


Mr Ronald Edwards asked the Minister representing the Minister for Industry and Commerce, upon notice, on 23 August 1983:

Is the Minister able to provide an analysis of claims for compensation resulting from repetitive strain injury in the Minister's Department for each of the years 1978 to 1983.


Mr John Brown —The Minister for Industry and Commerce has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

1978-2 claims lodged and both accepted: 1 male-caused by constant stamping of documents; 1 female-caused by lifting heavy books and papers.

1979-3 claims lodged and all accepted: 1 male-caused by using jack hammer at work; 2 females-caused by typing and operating data processing machine.

1980-2 claims lodged and both accepted: 1 male-caused by constant stamping of documents; 1 female-caused by operating an accounting machine while holding a pen between thumb and forefinger.

1981-4 claims lodged and all accepted: 4 females-caused by typing and operating data processing machines/visual display units.

1982-7 claims lodged and all eventually accepted (1 claim had been denied but decision was reversed as a result of an appeal): 7 females-caused by operating data processing machines.

1983-6 claims lodged, 5 accepted, 1 unsettled: 1 male-caused by angle of accelerator pedal on Commonwealth car (frequent driving); 5 females-caused by opening and closing car doors, continuing use of register stamps, typing, opening and closing drawer (unsettled).