As at 23 April 2015, 48 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 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.
Year-to-date 2015: worker deaths by industry of workplacea
|Industry of workplace||Total worker deaths 2013||Total worker deaths 2014||Worker deaths year-to-date 2014||Worker deaths year-to-date 2015|
|Transport, postal & warehousing||51||49||18||15|
|Agriculture, forestry & fishing||50||46||12||*9|
|Arts & recreation services||10||12||3||3|
|Accommodation & food services||3||5||3||0|
|Administrative & support services||1||4||0||2|
|Electricity, gas, water & waste services||7||3||2||3|
|Public administration & safety||5||3||0||0|
|Health care & social assistance||2||2||1||0|
|Government administration & defence||1||1||0||0|
|Education & training||0||0||0||0|
|Financial & insurance services||0||0||0||0|
|Information media & telecommunications||1||0||0||0|
|Professional, scientific & technical services||0||0||0||0|
|Total worker deaths||186||185||61||48|
*Please note Safe Work Australia has been advised a fatality recorded for Agriculture, forestry & fishing earlier this year has since been deemed as not work-related. However, the addition of the Tasmanian deckhand (advised above) has meant the number of fatalities recorded for Agriculture, forestry & fishing is the same as in our previous advice.
- 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.