Safe Work Australia statistics show how vulnerable children and young people are in the workplace. They can be oblivious to hazards in their surroundings, are often unaware of their rights and responsibilities and may not be confident to speak up about safety concerns.

Regardless of why they are in the workplace, work health and safety legislation provides for a child’s protection from the risk of death, injury or illness. A PCBU is responsible for the health, safety and welfare of all persons at work or visiting a workplace.

This infographic looks at work-related fatalities to children and young people and shows just how important it is to ensure a safe environment.

Data from the infographic

Over the last 14 years (2003 – 2016):

  • 160 children have died in work-related incidents. This equates to 4 per cent of the total number of work-related fatalities.
  • Of these 160 children, 46 per cent were aged less than 5 years, 31 per cent were aged between 5-9 years and 23 per cent were aged between 10-14 years. Two thirds were boys.
  • 51 children have died on farms primarily as a result of drowning, falling from a height and vehicle collision.
  • 71 per cent of workplace fatalities occurred in two industries :
    • transport, postal and warehousing, and
    • agriculture, forestry and fishing.
  • Each year on average 11 children die in work-related incidents.

Who is this seminar for?

This infographic will be of interest to a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), who are the workers particularly responsible for workplace safety. It may also be of interest to parents who bring their children into their workplace.

Source of data

This infographic uses data collated by Safe Work Australia’s Traumatic injury fatalities database. It includes fatalities resulting from an injury sustained during work activity, as a result of someone else’s work activity and includes unpaid volunteers and family workers.

This infographic defines children as those aged 0-14 years.

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