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Disease takes a dive

The rate of workers compensation claims for musculoskeletal and some other occupational diseases have plunged significantly in the past decade.

These latest figures are from the ‘Occupational Disease Indicators’ report released by Safe Work Australia this week.

The report says the rate of claims for musculoskeletal disorders caused by body stressing declined by 31 per cent between 2000–01 and 2010–11.

Infectious and parasitic claims dived 53 per cent from 2003–04 to 2010–11.

Cardiovascular diseases claims dropped 51 per cent from 2002–03 to 2010–11.

Respiratory diseases claims reduced 49 per cent between 2000–01 and 2010–11.

Contact dermatitis claims decreased 48 per cent between 2000–01 and 2010–11.

While the rate of workers compensation claims for mental disorders decreased from 2002–03 until 2008–09, it then began increasing, the report added.

For more details, visit the occupational diseases report.

Published on 17 July 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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