This page provides statistics on worker fatalities by industry.
- Work-related fatalities data is reported on an annual basis and is sourced from our work-related traumatic injury fatalities database.
Information about the industry of the deceased’s employer is coded using the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification, 2006.
Industry of employer relates to the main activity of the establishment where the worker was employed at the time of death, irrespective of where the injury/disease event happened.
Number of fatalities and fatality rate by industry
More detailed statistics to those provided below can be found in the Number and incidence rate of work-related traumatic injury fatalities by industry - 2014-2018 statistical table.
In 2018, 69% of the workers who died were employed either in the transport, postal and warehousing industries (38 fatalities), agriculture, forestry and fishing industries (38 fatalities), or the construction industries (24 fatalities).
Figure 1: Worker fatalities: proportion by industry of employer, 2018 and five year average (2014 to 2018)
Table 1: Worker fatalities: number of fatalities and fatality rate by industry of employer, 2018
|Industry of employer||Number of
100 000 workers)
|Agriculture, forestry & fishing||37||11.2|
|Transport, postal & warehousing||38||5.9|
|Electricity, gas, water & waste services||3||2.0|
|Rental, hiring & real estate services||2||0.9|
|Information media & telecommunications||2||0.9|
|Arts & recreation services||2||0.8|
|Administrative & support services||3||0.7|
|Public administration & safety||3||0.4|
|Accommodation & food services||1||0.1|
|Education & training||1||0.1|
|Health care & social assistance||1||0.1|
|Professional, scientific & technical services||0||0.0|
|Financial & insurance services||0||0.0|