DID YOU KNOW: Fatalities

Over the five years from 2007–08 to 2011–12, 36 Mining workers died from work-related
injuries—21 of which involved a vehicle. The total number of deaths equates to 3.84 fatalities per 100 000 workers, which is almost 70% higher than the national rate of 2.29.


  • Vehicle incident accounted for 8 fatalities. In 4 incidents the worker was in a car, in 2 the worker was in a truck, 1 was in an excavator and 1 was in a track maintenance machine at the time of the incident.
  • Falls from height accounted for 5 fatalities. Of these, 2 fell down a shaft, 1 fell from a building or walkway, 1 fell from a ladder and 1 fell from a truck.
  • Being hit by falling objects accounted for 5 fatalities. These all involved different types of objects.

Being hit by moving objects accounted for 4 fatalities and Slide or cave-in accounted for 3.

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