Worker fatalities

As at 16 September 2014, 129 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.

As at 16 September 2014, 129 Australian workers have been killed while at work.

Year-to-date 2014: worker deaths by industry of workplacea

Industry of workplace Total worker deaths 2013

2013
Year to date

2014
Year to date
Transport, postal & warehousing 52 30 47
Agriculture, forestry & fishing 49 32 30
Construction 17 15 14
Manufacturing 14 9 8
Arts & recreation services 10 8 4
Miningb 10 5 11
Electricity, gas, water & waste services 7 6 5
Retail trade 6 5 1
Public administration & safety 5 3 1
Other services 4 2 0
Wholesale trade 4 3 1
Accommodation & food services 3 3 5
Health care & social assistance 2 2 1
Administrative & support services 1 1 0
Information media & telecommunications 1 1 0
Government administration & defence 1 0 1
Education & training 0 0 0
Financial & insurance services 0 0 0
Professional, scientific & technical services 0 0 0
Total worker deaths 186 125 129
  • 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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