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What are major injuries and minor injuries?

Major injuries

Major injuries are non-fatal but severe injuries.

They are defined by:

  • Nature of injury
  • Part of the body injured
  • Incident type
  • Duration of medical leave

Examples include:

  • Amputation
  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Paralysis
  • Crushing, fractures and dislocations: head, back, chest and abdomen, neck, hip and pelvis
  • Exposure to electric current
  • Asphyxia or drowning
  • Hypothermia
  • Burns with more than 20 days medical leave
  • Concussion with more than 20 days medical leave

Minor injuries

Minor injuries are non-severe injuries where an employee is:

  • Given more than 3 days medical leave
  • Hospitalised for at least 24 hours

Find out more about major and minor injuries.