Your questions answered: Do we need to record an outsider’s injuries?

By Andrew Hobbs on December 1st, 2017

Q

We have had a postie injure himself after he fell off his bike while delivering mail to us – he is not one of our employees. Do we need to capture this as a Lost Time Injury (LTI) on our statistics?

 

A
No. As you are not the employer, you do not need to record the LTI.

Whether or not an incident should be recorded as an LTI will depend on the severity of the injury, as LTIs only cover occurrences resulting in a fatality, permanent disability or time lost from work of one day/shift or more, as per the Workplace Injury and Disease Recording Standard (Australian Standard 1885.1- 1990).

It should be noted that when calculating LTI frequency rates, however, Safe Work Australia only uses workers’ compensation claims involving one week or more time lost.

Specifically, Safe Work Australia asks for employers to supply data consistent with the Australian Standard. That is, claims that involved either a death, permanent incapacity, or a temporary incapacity for which payments have been made (including common law claims).

So, if either of these circumstances have occurred as a result of the incident, then the injured worker’s employer – in this case, Australia Post – should be the one to record it as an LTI.

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