30 Oct 2017

Worker fatality rate on the decline over last decade

The rate of worker fatalities has reduced by 49 per cent since the peak a decade ago. That’s according to a new report released by Safe Work Australia.

It shows the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry has the highest rate of both worker fatalities and serious workers’ compensation claims.

SWA’s Key Work Health and Safety Statistics, Australia 2017 includes national statistics on work-related injury, disease and fatalities, and is a quick overview of workers’ compensation data and information sourced from the states and territories, the National Coronial Information System and the media.

Some key points from the report include:

  • 43 per cent of serious injuries involve traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury
  • the median amount of compensation paid for a serious claim is $10,800
  • vehicle incidents accounted for 45 per cent of fatalities nationwide, followed by being hit by moving objects (29 per cent) and slips, trips and falls (14 per cent)
  • machinery operators and drivers had a fatality rate of 8.2 per 100,000 workers, followed by labourers at 3.4 per 100,000 workers.

The report includes data on injuries and fatalities by gender and occupation, as well as age and time lost off work on average. The type of injuries and the part of the body affected are also included.

The agriculture, forestry and fishing industry had a fatality rate of 14 per 100,000 workers, substantially above the 7.5 per 100,000 recorded by the transport, postal and warehousing industry.

Further information

The report is available at safeworkaustralia.gov.au.

This article was published in www.worksafe.qld.gov.au on 27 October 2017.

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