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Work-related fatalities and injury report released

Work related fatalities affect families

A new report released by Safe Work Australia has shown that the number of work-related fatalities has declined across Australia however mining remains the third worst industry below Agriculture Forestry & Fishing and Transport and Postal Workers.

The mining industry recorded nine fatalities for the 2018 year or 3.7 per hundred thousand workers.

The report shows that in 2018, 144 people were fatally injured at work. The number and rate of worker fatalities have continued to decline in line with long-term trends.

The mining industry recorded 2,140 serious workers compensation claims for the year at a frequency rate of 4.3 per million hours and an incidence rate of 9.7 per thousand employees.

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The Construction industry topped the highest number of serious claims with 13,855 for the year and a frequency rate of 7.5 per million hours and an incidence rate of 15.0 per thousand employees.

“While these trends are encouraging, they are not a cause for celebration. Every work-related fatality is a tragedy, and there’s a lot more work to be done” Safe Work Australia CEO, Michelle Baxter said.

“We know that work-related fatalities, injuries and disease have a devastating impact on workers and their families. Understanding the latest statistics can help identify ways to prevent these” Ms Baxter said. 

The Key Work Health and Safety Statistics Australia 2019 report is a high-level overview of national statistics on work-related fatalities, injuries and disease.

Download a PDF of the report or view it on the Safe Work Australia website.

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