Worker fatalities

As at 17 April 2014, 55 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 17 April 2014, 55 Australian workers have been killed while at work. 

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

Industry of workplace 2012 2013 2014
Year to date
Transport, postal & warehousing 75 52 24
Agriculture, forestry & fishing 51 49 12
Construction 25 19 3
Manufacturing 17 13 2
Administrative & support services 7 1 0
Public administration & safety 6 5 0
Arts & recreation services 6 9 3
Miningb 5 10 6
Electricity, gas, water & waste services 4 6 1
Education & training 3 0 0
Health care & social assistance 2 2 1
Other services 3 4 0
Retail trade 2 7 0
Wholesale trade 2 4 0
Information media & telecommunications 0 1 0
Accommodation & food services 1 2 2
Financial & insurance services 1 1 0
Government administration & defence 1 1 0
Professional, scientific & technical services 1 0 0
Industry unknownc 4 0 0
Rental, hiring & real estate services​ 0​ 0​ 1​
Total worker deaths 212 186 55
  • 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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