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Fatalities and serious injuries at work are devastating for everyone involved: workers, their family, their employer and the wider community too. This animated infographic provides a snapshot into the statistics around fatalities and serious injury claims in the workplace and key areas of concern for work health and safety.

Data from the animated infographic

  • 195 workers died in 2015
  • Almost 50% of fatalities were in 2 industries: transport, postal & warehousing and agriculture, forestry & fishing
  • Fatality rate decreased by 44% between 2007 & 2015
  • Serious claims fell 33% between 2000-01 & 2013-14
  • 32% of serious claims in 2014-15 were for muscular stress while lifting or handling objects
  • Women typically took 6 weeks off work for serious claims in 2013-14
  • Men typically took 5.3 weeks off work for serious claims in 2013-14

Who is this video for?

Work health and safety professionals, researchers and other stakeholders who are interested in statistics about work-related fatalities and injuries. This animated infographic will also interest workers and employers, specifically those in high-fatality industries, such as agriculture, construction and transport.

About the presenters

Safe Work Australia collects data and conducts research into workplace fatalities, and this animated infographic uses data drawn from the reports listed below.

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Transcript: World Day – animated infographic

[In an animation, a yellow female figure steps forward from a row of grey figures against a black background. Text of the voice over animates on in yellow white and red. The logo of Safe Work Australia appears.]

Voiceover: Take the lead in work health and safety.

[A grey gravestone showing a white dove rises from the grey ground against the black background. Text of the voice over animates on in white, grey and red.]

Voiceover: 195 workers died in 2015.

[Zoom into the grey tombstone. The white dove flies across the top as two groups of icons with text labels appear representing agriculture, forestry & fishing on the left, and transport, postal and warehousing on the right. Text of the voice over animates on in white, black and red.]

Voiceover: Almost half of these fatalities were in two industries.

[Transition to blue background as the dove finishes flying across the top. Text of the voice over animates on in white, red and black. Two downward arrows emerge containing the words “fatality rate 44% 2007-2015” and “serious claims 33% 2000-2014”.]

Voiceover: Importantly, data shows the fatality rate and serious claims have decreased over time.

[Transition to grey background with a blue floor. A yellow figure bends down to lift a long white object from the floor but injures his back. He drops the object and puts a hand on his back where graphics show pain occurring. A yellow and white pie chart animates on with the numbers “32%”. Text of the voice over animates on in white, red and grey.]

Voiceover: Many serious claims come from muscular stress while lifting or handling objects.

[Transition to white background with a grey floor. A yellow nurse gives a drink to a yellow patient lying in bed. Text of the voice over animates on in grey and red. Pages of a calendar flip over indicating time passing.]

Voiceover: Workers typically needed between 5-6 weeks off work for serious claims in 2013-14.

[A yellow female figure steps forward from a row of grey figures against a black background. Text of the voice over animates on in yellow white and red.]

Voiceover: Take the lead and use data to optimise prevention. Find out more at: safeworkaustralia.gov.au/world-day

[The logo of Safe Work Australia appears. Text: “Find out more: safeworkaustralia.gov.au/world-day.]

[Transcript ends]


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