Worker fatalities

As at 3 February, 11 Australian workers have been killed at work in 2016.

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 23 November 2015, 158 Australian workers have been killed while at work. 

Year-to-date 2016: worker deaths by industry of workplacea

Industry of workplace Total worker deaths 2013 Total worker deaths 2014 Total worker deaths 2015 Worker deaths year-to-date 2015 Worker deaths year-to-date 2016
Transport, postal & warehousing 52 48 55 5 1
Agriculture, forestry & fishing 52 47 52 4 3
Construction 17 29 25 2 3
Miningb 10 13 13 1 0
Manufacturing 14 12 10 1 0
Administrative & support services 1 4 6 1 0
Arts & recreation services 10 12 7 1 0
Electricity, gas, water & waste services 7 3 7 1 1
Other services 4 1 4 2 1
Accommodation & food services 3 5 3 0 0
Health care & social assistance 2 2 2 0 1
Public administration & safety 5 3 3 0 0
Retail trade 6 0 2 0 0
Government administration & defence 1 2 1 0 0
Education & training 0 0 0 0 0
Financial & insurance services 0 0 0 0 0
Information media & telecommunications 1 0 0 0 0
Professional, scientific & technical services 0 0 0 0 1
Wholesale trade 4 6 0 0 0
Total worker deaths 189 187 190 18 11
  • 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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