As at 23 May 2013, 68 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 only a preliminary estimate for the number of people killed. Work-related status cannot be confirmed until the death is investigated by the appropriate authority. Once this has occurred, it is reported in Safe Work Australia’s Monthly Notifiable Fatality reports and Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities reports.
Year-to-date 2013: worker deaths by industry of workplacea
|Industry of workplace||Worker deaths 2012||Worker deaths year-to-date 2013|
|Transport, postal & warehousing||66||15|
|Agriculture, forestry & fishing||45||16|
|Administrative & support services||7|
|Public administration & safety||6||5|
|Arts & recreation services||5||4|
|Electricity, gas, water & waste services||4|
|Education & training||3|
|Health care & social assistance||2|
|Accommodation & food services||1|
|Financial & insurance services||1|
|Government administration & defence||1|
|Professional, scientific & technical services||1|
|Total worker deaths||192||68|
- 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.