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June 03, 2019

From what point is a lost time injury recorded?

Could you please clarify how a lost time injury (LTI) is recorded if the date of sustaining the injury is not the day that time is lost, e.g. a worker is injured at work and has no time loss but some weeks later needs to have surgery related to the injury?

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

In accordance with the Standard, an LTI is an occurrence that results in fatality, permanent disability or time lost from work. For the purposes of reporting an LTI,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 an LTI, 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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