Your questions answered: How is a lost-time injury (LTI) recorded?

By Portner Press on August 23rd, 2019
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Please could you clarify how an LTI is recorded, for example:

If a worker is injured at work and misses the next day of work, is this an LTI?

If a worker is injured at work and has no time loss, but then 3 weeks later needs to have surgery related to the injury or incident, is this an LTI? If so, when is the date of the LTI recorded? From the date of injury or the date of the first day of time loss?

Standards Australia AS 1885.1 – 1990 Workplace Injury and Disease Recording Standard provides non-mandatory guidance on how to record workplace injuries.

A copy of that Standard is available at:

In accordance with the Australian Standard, a lost time injury is an occurrence which results in fatality, permanent disability or 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. The time lost could immediately follow the event, or may be time off work subsequent to an initial return to work.  This would therefore capture time off for the purpose of a surgery which relates to an injury, even where there is a delay between the injury and the surgery. 

There are various records that should be maintained in respect of a lost time injury, including the amount of lost time and the actual date of the occurrence of the injury (or the date it was first reported in the case of a disease). We recommend that you refer to the Australian Standard for further detail on what should be recorded.

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