Health Work place injuries are chronically underreported

Work place injuries are chronically underreported

Work injuries cost an estimated $57 billion to the Australian economy. To add insult to injury, research from the University of South Australia shows that many work accidents go unreported.

The study compared confidential surveys of hospital employees to registered injuries and found a large difference.

Lead researcher Dr Amy Zadow says on average, only four per cent of work injuries were registered compared to those reported in the confidential survey.

Dr Zadow also found that workers were more than twice as likely to report a physical work injury compared to a psychological injury, like post-traumatic stress disorder following a violent encounter or depression arising from excessive work pressure.

“This study is unique because existing research focuses almost exclusively on physical injuries, rather than in combination with psychological incidents,” Zadow says.

“Despite roughly equal numbers of physical and psychological work injuries, there is greater unreported psychological harm.”

The study concluded that employees in work units with a poor climate for psychological health had more work injuries and were less likely to report their injuries.

Read more about this significant study here. Story credit: University of South Australia newsroom.

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