ASC is committed to ensuring its work, health and safety priorities lead to continuous improvement of its safety performance.
ASC maintains its commitment to consistently improve its health and safety performance through the delivery of its health and safety strategy and the desire to achieve a generative safety culture, where health and safety is a fundamental component in all we do.
A variety of initiatives were deployed during the reporting period to ensure ongoing safety improvements. These included:
Recasting the five-year WHS Strategic Plan;
Further investment in our Mental Health and Wellbeing Program;
Initiation of a Psychosocial Risk and Human Factors Program;
Broadening of our Verification of Competency Program, particularly for high risk activities; and
Improving business leadership engagement for front-line safety.
The Work Health Safety Act 2012 details the types of incidents notifiable to Comcare. Under Section 35 of the Act an incident is notifiable if it arises out of the conduct of a business or undertaking, and results in death, serious injury or serious illness of a person, or involves a dangerous incident.
There were eight dangerous incidents notified to Comcare, none resulting in serious personal injury or illness to ASC workers. This represents a decrease of three incidents compared with the previous reporting period.
Trends associated with the dangerous incidents resulted in new safety campaigns being implemented to prevent a recurrence.
Notifiable incidents in 2018/19
Serious personal injury or illness
Lost Time Injuries
LTIFR = number of LTI’s X 1,000,000 divided by hours worked per month.
A Lost Time Injury (LTI) is recorded when a worker is unable to present for the next scheduled workplace attendance as a result of a work related injury.
ASC achieved a total lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) of 1.8 for 2018/19 (all site-based workers, including contractors) representing a 14 percent decrease in frequency rate from the previous year. Five fewer LTIs occurred across the business when compared to the previous year.
Medically Treated Injuries
MTIFR = number of MTI’s X 1,000,000 divided by hours worked per month.
A Medically Treated Injury (MTI) is recorded when a worker is assessed to require medical attention from a health professional beyond the requirements of First Aid.
Across ASC, a medically treated injury frequency rate (MTIFR) of 2.7 was recorded for 2018/19 (all site-based workers, including contractors) representing a 12.5 percent increase from the previous year. However, two fewer medically treated injuries occurred across the business when compared to the previous year. The frequency rate was negatively affected by the exposure hours (labour-hours) being worked across former shipbuilding business, ASC Shipbuilding.
Comcare undertook an evaluation of four of the eight notifiable incidents none of which resulted in any formal action or additional requirements being imposed upon the business.