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What is a lost time injury and how long does it last?

Q: Can you provide the definition of a lost time injury and how long it lasts for?

A: A lost time injury is defined as an injury that results in a worker not being able to report to their next shift at work. This includes an injury that results in a fatality or permanent disability.

The definition and reporting requirements arise under the Australian Standard, Workplace Injury and Disease Recording Standard. This sets out the reporting requirements in respect of the time lost from work.

For the purposes of reporting a lost time injury, the duration of time lost from work is the total number of complete working days or shifts lost from work as a result of the injury.

Please note: The answer is correct at the time of publishing. Be aware that laws may change over time. Refer to Safety recording for current advice.

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