Must we record a postie injury?
We have had a postie injure himself after he fell off his bike while delivering mail to us. The postie is not a worker of ours. His bike wheels slid “along” a hose connection we had placed on the berm (approved practice by our client) instead of riding over the hose. At every driveway there is an approved ramp for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians to safely cross the hose. Do we need to capture this as a Lost Time Injury (LTI) on our statistics?
Whether or not the 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 should be the one to record it as an LTI. As you are not the employer, you do not need to record the LTI.