Preliminary work-related fatalities

See the latest estimate of workers killed by injuries while working in Australia by industry of workplace.  

We update this data when we get more information.  

How we source data 

Our preliminary estimates often come from initial media reports.  

To get more information about the fatality, we work with: 

  • Work health and safety (WHS) authorities 
  • the National Coronial Information System 
  • workers’ compensation data.  

Overview 

As at 25 November 2021: 122 Australian workers were killed at work this year.

Preliminary worker deaths by industry of workplace

Industry of workplace 

Worker deaths year-to-date, 25 November 2020 

Preliminary worker deaths year-to-date, 25 November 2021 

Transport, postal & warehousing  

56

41

Agriculture, forestry & fishing 

43

22

Construction  

28

18

Manufacturing 

14

12

Mining 

5

7

Arts & recreation services 

1

5

Public administration & safety 

10

5

Electricity, gas, water & waste services  

2

3

Other services 

3

2

Retail trade  

1

2

Accommodation & food services 

1

1

Administrative & support services

3

1

Education & training 

2

1

Health care & social assistance

1

1

Wholesale trade 

2

1

Financial & insurance services 

0

Information media & telecommunications 

0

0

Professional, scientific & technical services  

2

Rental, hiring & real estate services

1

Total worker deaths 

175

122

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