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Issue 368 - 28 March 2013

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Young, injured and burnt

Workers under the age of 25 have a significantly higher injury rate than older workers, and they also experience more burns.

Young workers account for 20 per cent of all work-related injuries experienced by Australian workers, says a Safe Work Australia report released last week.

This equates to an injury rate of 66.1 work injuries per 1000 workers, which is 18 per cent higher than for workers aged 25 years and over, who have an injury rate of 56.2 injuries per 1000 workers, says the report, Work-related injuries experienced by young workers in Australia, 2009–10.

Young workers also accounted for two thirds of all burn injuries, which “were most commonly experienced in the accommodation and food services industry,” the report added.

Sprains/strains were the most common type of injury among young and older workers alike.  

The report also found that despite being covered by workers compensation, two thirds of young injured workers didn’t apply for compensation. Many said they thought their injury was too minor to warrant a claim. 

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