Worker fatalities

As at 24 May, 57 Australian workers have been killed at work in 2016.

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 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 2016: worker deaths by industry of workplacea

Industry of workplace Preliminary worker deaths 2015 Preliminary worker deaths year-to-date 2015 Preliminary worker deaths year-to-date 2016
Agriculture, forestry & fishing 56 17 18
Transport, postal & warehousing 53 19 18
Construction 26 7 6
Miningb 12 8 1
Manufacturing 10 4 0
Arts & recreation services 7 2 1
Electricity, gas, water & waste services 7 3 5
Administrative & support services 6 3 0
Other services 4 3 3
Public administration & safety

3 0 1
Accommodation & food services 2 1 0
Health care & social assistance 2 1 1
Retail trade 2 1 0
Government administration & defence 1 1 0
Education & training 0 0 0
Financial & insurance services 0 0 0
Information media & telecommunications 0 0 2
Professional, scientific & technical services 0 0 1
Wholesale trade 0 0 0
Total worker deaths 191 70 57
  • 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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