Worker fatalities

As at 14 March, 32 Australian workers have been killed at work in 2017.

The number of worker deaths listed on this page is based on initial media reports and is a preliminary estimate of 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 updates details of the incident.

Updated information is used to publish Safe Work Australia’s annual Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities report which includes finalised work-related fatalities from 2003 onwards.

Year-to-date 2017: Preliminary worker deaths by industry of workplacea

Industry of workplace Total deaths
2016
Deaths 1 Jan 2016 to 14 Mar 2016 Deaths 1 Jan 2017 to 14 Mar 2017
Transport, postal & warehousing 64 9 10
Agriculture, forestry & fishing 41 8 5
Construction 30 6 9
Arts & recreation services 8 0 2
Electricity, gas, water & waste services 7 1 3
Miningb 7 0 0
Other services 4 1 0
Administrative & support services 3 0 0
Manufacturing 3 0 1
Public administration & safety 3 1 1
Information media & telecommunications 2 1 0
Accommodation & food services 1 1 1
Education & training 1 0 0
Health care & social assistance 1 0 0
Professional, scientific & technical services 1 1 0
Retail trade 1 0 0
Wholesale trade 1 0 0
Government administration & defence 0 0 0
Financial & insurance services 0 0 0
Rental, hiring & real estate services 0 0 0
Total worker deaths 178 29 32
  • 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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