Safe Work Australia: 190 Australians died at work so far this year

SafeWork Australia logoAs at 21 December 2012, 190 Australian workers have been killed at work. This is according to the latest data gathered by Safe Work Australia.

During the same period last year, 161 deaths had occurred.

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 December 2012:

Industry of workplace Worker deaths
Transport, postal & warehousing 64
Agriculture, forestry & fishing 45
Construction 21
Manufacturing 14
Administrative & support services 7
Public Administration & safety 6
Arts & recreation services 5
Mining 5
Electricity, gas, water & waste services 4
Wholesale trade 2
Retail trade 2
Education & training 3
Other services 2
Financial & insurance services 1
Health care & social assistance 2
Professional, scientific & technical services 1
Accommodation & food services 1
Government administration & defence 1
Industry unknown 4
Total Worker Deaths 190


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.

Safe Work Australia’s Notifiable 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.

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