SafeWork Australia reports on December 2013 fatalities

SafeWork Australia has released their Notifiable Fatalities Monthly Report for December 2013 which shows some very poor results for the resources sector.

There were 24 work-related notifiable fatalities during December 2013 — 19 male workers and 1 female worker and 2 male and 2 female bystanders. Of these fatalities, 11 workers and 4 bystanders died as a result of incidents in the air or on public roads.

Of the 24 fatalities, 11 involved a Vehicle incident–public road crash, 4 involved Vehicle incident–air crash, while 2 each were the result of being Hit by moving object other than vehicle, a Fall from a height and Vehicle incident–not on a public road. Being Hit by a falling object, being Crushed and being Hit by moving object (unattended vehicle)–not on public road resulted in 1 fatality each.

Transport, postal & warehousing workplaces accounted for 15 fatalities, while 4 fatalities occurred in Mining workplaces. There were 3 fatalities in Agriculture, forestry & fishing workplaces. There was 1 fatality each in Manufacturing and  Retail workplaces.

Table 3   Notifiable work-related fatalities by industrya, December and year-to-date

Industry of workplace

Industry of Employer

Worker

 

Bystander

 

Totals

Worker

Industryb

Dec 2013

Year-to -date

Dec 2013

Year-to -date

Dec 2013

Year-to -date

Dec 2013

Year-to-date

 Transport, postal & warehousing

11

44

4

38

15

82

11

43

 Agriculture, forestry & fishing

3

45

0

1

3

46

3

44

 Construction

0

15

0

4

0

19

1

17

 Public administration & safety

0

9

0

2

0

11

0

12

 Manufacturing

1

10

0

0

1

10

0

8

 Miningc

4

9

0

0

4

9

2

7

 Retail trade

1

7

0

1

1

8

1

7

 Arts & recreation services

0

6

0

2

0

8

0

6

 Electricity, gas, water & waste services

0

4

0

3

0

7

0

5

 Wholesale trade

0

5

0

0

0

5

0

5

 Rental, hiring & real estate services

0

2

0

1

0

3

0

2

 Health care & social assistance

0

1

0

2

0

3

0

0

 Other services

0

3

0

0

0

3

0

3

 Accommodation & food services

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

 Information media & telecommunications

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

 Administrative & support services

0

1

0

0

0

1

2

4

 Financial & insurance services

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Professional, scientific & technical services

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Education & training

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Private residence

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

 Industry unknown or not applicable d

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Grand Total

20

164

4

54

24

218

20

164

 

a Fatalities of workers are coded to both the industry of their employer and the industry of the workplace at which the fatality occurred: these two classifications are different ways of looking at the incident and are not necessarily related. The industry of employer is not applicable to bystanders.

b Ranked in descending order based on the total workplace year-to-date column and then alphabetically.

Mining fatalities include fatalities that occur in the coal mining, oil and gas extraction, metal ore mining, gravel and sand quarrying, and services to mining sectors.

d Includes notifiable fatalities that occurred overseas.

na  –  not applicable




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