Worker fatalities

As at 23 February 2015, 24 Australian workers have been killed while at work.

With the occurrence of each work-related fatality, Safe Work Australia records information, updates statistics and prepares various reports.

The number of worker deaths listed on this page is based on initial media reports and is a preliminary estimate for the number of people killed while working. Once the appropriate authority has investigated the death, more accurate information becomes available from which Safe Work Australia can update the workplace of the incident. A review of information for the first six months of 2014 has been undertaken using this information and the industry information in the table below has been updated. The updated information is used in Safe Work Australia’s Notifiable Fatality reports which are published monthly and the annual Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities report.

As at 20 January 2015, 6 Australian workers have been killed while at work. 

Year-to-date 2015: worker deaths by industry of workplacea

Industry of workplace Total worker deaths 2013 Total worker deaths 2014 Worker deaths year-to-date 2014 Worker deaths year-to-date 2015
Transport, postal & warehousing 51 48 8 5
Agriculture, forestry & fishing 50 46 3 5
Construction 17 28 3 2
Miningb 10 15 3 4
Arts & recreation services 10 12 0 1
Manufacturing 14 12 2 2
Accommodation & food services 3 6 2 0
Wholesale trade 4 5 1 0
Administrative & support services 1 3 0 0
Electricity, gas, water & waste services 7 3 1 2
Health care & social assistance 2 2 1 0
Public administration & safety 5 2 0 0
Government administration & defence 1 1 0 0
Other services 4 1 0 3
Education & training 0 0 0 0
Financial & insurance services 0 0 0 0
Information media & telecommunications 1 0 0 0
Professional, scientific & technical services 0 0 0 0
Retail trade 6 0 0 0
Total worker deaths 186 184 24 24
  • a Ranked in descending order, and then on alphabetical order for industries with no fatalities.
  • b Mining fatalities include fatalities that occur in the coal mining, oil and gas extraction, metal ore mining, gravel and sand quarrying, and services to mining sectors.
  • c Includes notifiable fatalities that occurred overseas.

Safe Work Australia also collects and reports on a range of other work health and safety and workers compensation statistics.

View the Safe Work Australia statistics page.

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