Safe Work Australia compiles the Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities data collection, a comprehensive data set that includes detailed information on all work-related traumatic injury fatalities in Australia.
- The most up-to-date data is the preliminary media-based online worker fatality count. This data is a preliminary estimate and is subject to revision as further information becomes available from investigating authorities.
- Aggregated data from the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities data set is published in the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatality Time Series.
- The Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia report is published annually.
Work-related traumatic injury fatalities
The work-related traumatic injury fatalities data provides statistics about people who die each year from injuries caused by work-related activity. It includes fatalities that result from an injury sustained in the course of a work activity (worker fatality) and as a result of someone else’s work activity (bystander fatality). Data inclusions and exclusions are outlined below.
Data collected includes
The scope of this collection includes everyone:
- who was fatally injured
- whose injuries resulted from work activity or exposures
- whose injuries occurred in an incident that took place in Australian territories or territorial seas.
The report includes everyone killed:
- while working including unpaid volunteers and family workers, carrying out work experience, and defence force personnel killed within Australian territories or territorial sea or travelling for work (worker fatalities)
- as a result of someone else’s work activity (bystander fatalities).
Data collected excludes
The collection specifically excludes those who died:
- of iatrogenic injuries—the worker died due to medical intervention
- due to natural causes such as heart attacks and strokes, except where a work-related injury was the direct cause of the heart attack or stroke
- as a result of diseases, such as cancers
- by self-inflicted injuries (suicide).
People who died of injuries caused by someone else’s work activity while they are classified as a worker rather than a bystander.