Emergency service professionals experience a high rate of serious injury and fatalities related to their work compared to other occupations.

This infographic looks at the rate and cause of fatalities amongst first responders, and the key factors attributed to serious claims, so that we can focus on how to reduce these statistics.

Data from the infographic

47 first responders fatalities since 2003:

  • 21 Fire and emergency workers
  • 4 Ambulance officers and paramedics
  • 22 Police officers
  • 38 of these fatalities were male and 9 were female.

The most common cause of fatalities was vehicle collision at 40%

The fatality rate in 2016 was 2.1, higher than the national rate of 1.5 per 100,000 employees

The most common cause of serious claims were:

  • Mental stress 13%
  • Lifting/carrying people 7%
  • Assault 5%
  • Falls on level ground 5%

The serious claims rate is 4 times higher for first responders than for all occupations, at 37.9 claims per 1000 employees

The annual incident rate for first responders declined 7% between 2000-01 and 2015-16

Who is this seminar for?

This infographic will be of interest to employers, supervisors and workers in the emergency services sector, particularly the police, paramedics and ambulance officers, and fire and emergency workers. 

Work health and safety professionals, researchers and other stakeholders interested in making this industry safer may also find this useful.

About the presenters

This infographic uses data collated from Safe Work Australia‘s traumatic injury fatalities data set 2016 and national data set for compensation-based statistics 2015-16.

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