Safe Work Australia: 145 Australians died at work so far this year

As of 1 November 2012, 145 Australian workers have died while at work. This is according to the latest data gathered by Safe Work Australia.


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During the same period last year, 135 workers have died at work.

Safe Work Australia records cases of work fatality and injury, updates statistics and prepares several reports. The data is an initial estimate for the number of people killed and is based on initial media reports.

Worker deaths by industry of workplace as of November 2012:

Industry of workplace

Worker deaths

Transport, postal & fishing

47

Agriculture, forestry & fishing

31

Construction

20

Manufacturing

12

Administrative & support services

6

Arts & recreation services

4

Mining

4

Public Administration and safety

4

Electricity, gas, water and waste services

2

Wholesale trade

2

Retail trade

2

Education & training

2

Financial & insurance services

1

Health care & social assistance

1

Professional, scientific & technical services

1

Accommodation & food services

1

Other services

2

Industry unknown

3

Total worker deaths

145

 

Work-related status of this report cannot be confirmed until the death is investigated by authority. Once confirmed, it is reported in Safe Work Australia’s Monthly Notifiable Fatality Reports.

Last month, Safe Work Australia released the Notifiable Fatalities Monthly Report for the month of June where 15 work-related notifiable fatalities were reported – 11 male workers; 3 female bystanders and 1 male bystander. Read SafetyCulture report.

Safe Work Australia’s Notifiable Monthly report provides a national summary of work-related fatalities notifiable to Australian work health and safety jurisdictions. Aside from providing an estimate of the number of work-related fatalities, the report also shows details of the types of incidents involved. It also includes details of the industry of the workplace at which the fatalities occurred, as well as the industry of the decedent’s employer.

More information can be found at the Safe Work Australia website.


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