No other job has a higher injury rate than paramedics, with ambulance workers seven times more likely to be hurt at work than the national average.
Paramedics are seven times more likely to be injured on the job than the average Australian worker, with many hurt in violent attacks, new research has found.
The research’s co-author, Professor Brian Maguire from Central Queensland University, said the rate of serious injuries for Aussie paramedics was 94.6 per 1000 workers compared with a national average of 13 serious injuries per 1000 workers.
The highest proportion of non-fatal injuries was due to lifting, with violence against paramedics a significant contributor, Professor Maguire said.
“The (injury) rate among paramedics is more than seven times higher than the national average,” Professor Maguire said in a statement.
The research, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, found no other occupation identified by Safe Work Australia “had a higher injury rate than paramedics”.
Other groups with high injury rates were skilled agricultural workers (82.9/1000), police officers (42.7/1000), road and rail transport drivers (33.1/1000), enrolled nurses (25.8/1000), and health carers and aides (20.0/1000), Professor Maguire said.
He said paramedics died on the job at a rate of 9.3 out of 100,000, with fatal incidents mainly due to “transportation events”.
The fatality rate was “more than five time higher than the average rate for all workers,” he said.
“For fatal vehicle accidents, the rate of 5.8 per 100,000 workers for paramedics is over 11 times higher than the rate for all workers,” Professor Maguire added.