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Thursday, 29 March 1973
Page: 951


Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Labour, upon notice:

(1)   Will he provide details of the latest statistics of industrial accidents.

(2)   What action does he propose to take to reduce the level of industrial accidents.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I am informed that the answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The following estimates have been compiled in co-operation with the State Labour Departments and the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics. They arc based on Stale Statistics of claims finalised during 1969-70 under Workers' Compensation Insurance and on special extractions compiled by the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics from data supplied by the States.

Fatalities- 360

Temporary disabilities involving the loss of one or more working days or shifts - 270,000

Working time lost from disabilities of one day or longer - 700,000 man-weeks

Claims paid under Workers Compensation and Employers Liability- -$117,435,000.

(2)   Responsibility for accident prevention rests primarily with State Governments, except in territories under the control of the Commonwealth and in Commonwealth employment. The action proposed by the Government in the field of occupational safety and health was given in some detail when 1 presented the Compensation (Commonwealth Employees) Bill 1973 to this House on 7th March.







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