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This page provides statistics on worker fatalities by industry between 2003 to 2016.

  • 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

In 2016, 50% of the workers who died were employed either in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries (44 fatalities) or the transport, postal and warehousing industries (47 fatalities).

Figure 1: Worker fatalities: proportion by industry of employer, average of last 10 years (2007 to 2016) and 2016

Figure 1 shows in 2016, 50% of the workers who died were employed either in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries (44 fatalities) or the transport, postal and warehousing industries (47 fatalities).

Table 1: Worker fatalities: number by industry of employer, 2003 and 2012 to 2016 (sorted by 2016 fatalities)

Industry of employer 2003 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 % of 2016 10yr average (2007-2016)
Transport, postal & warehousing 68 60 43 47 45 47 26% 24%
Agriculture, forestry & fishing 60 56 55 45 56 44 24% 24%
Construction 43 30 22 32 34 35 19% 15%
Administrative & support services 4 6 5 4 8 8 4% 4%
Electricity, gas, water & waste services 5 3 4 5 4 8 4% 2%
Manufacturing 20 18 12 17 16 6 3% 8%
Mining 11 8 9 11 11 6 3% 4%
Arts & recreation services 3 5 7 10 7 5 3% 3%
Public administration & safety 9 8 11 6 6 5 3% 4%
Health care & social assistance 3 2 4 2 3 4 2% 1%
Other services 4 3 7 4 8 4 2% 2%
Retail trade 7 5 8 0 4 4 2% 2%
Education & training 2 4 .. 1 2 2 1% 1%
Rental, hiring & real estate services 4 3 3 1 .. 2 1% 1%
Information media & telecommunications 1 2 .. .. .. 1 1% 1%
Professional, scientific & technical services 2 8 2 .. 2 1 1% 2%
Accommodation & food services 5 1 2 6 3 .. .. 1%
Financial & insurance services 1 .. .. .. .. .. .. 0%
Wholesale trade 7 9 8 6 2 .. .. 3%
Total 259 232 202 197 211 182 100% 100%

Table 2: Worker fatalities: fatality rate (fatalities per 100,000 workers) by industry of employer, 2003 and 2012 to 2016 (sorted by 2016 rate)

Industry of employer 2003 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 10yr average(2007-2016)
Agriculture, forestry & fishing 16.4 17.7 18.3 13.9 18.0 14.0 16.9
Transport, postal & warehousing 14.6 10.9 7.2 7.9 7.4 7.5 9.5
Electricity, gas, water & waste services 5.5 2.0 2.7 3.4 2.8 5.8 2.9
Construction 5.8 3.1 2.2 3.1 3.3 3.3 3.5
Mining 12.4 3.0 3.4 4.4 4.8 2.7 4.0
Arts & recreation services 2.1 2.4 3.4 4.8 3.1 2.2 2.9
Administrative & support services 1.2 1.5 1.3 1.0 1.9 1.8 2.2
Rental, hiring & real estate services 2.4 1.4 1.5 0.5 0.0 0.9 1.5
Other Services 0.9 0.7 1.5 0.8 1.7 0.8 1.0
Manufacturing 1.9 1.9 1.3 1.8 1.8 0.7 2.0
Public administration & safety 1.6 1.1 1.5 0.8 0.8 0.7 1.2
Information media & telecommunications 0.4 0.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.6
Retail trade 0.6 0.4 0.7 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.5
Health care & social assistance 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.2
Education & training 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2
Professional, scientific & technical services 0.3 0.9 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.1 0.4
Wholesale trade 1.9 2.2 1.9 1.5 0.5 0.0 0.3
Accommodation & food services 0.8 0.1 0.3 0.8 0.4 0.0 0.1
Financial & insurance services 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5
Total 2.7 2.0 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.5 2.1

Year-to-date 2017: Preliminary worker deaths by industry of workplacea

As at 1 December, 157 Australian workers have been killed at work in 2017.

The number of worker deaths listed in this table is based on initial media reports and is a preliminary estimate of the number of people killed while working. Once the appropriate authority has investigated the death, more accurate information becomes available from which Safe Work Australia updates details of the incident. Updated information is used to publish Safe Work Australia’s annual Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities report which includes finalised work-related fatalities from 2003 onwards.

Industry of workplace Deaths 1 Jan 2016 to 1 December 2016 Deaths 1 Jan 2017 to 1 December 2017
Transport, postal & warehousing

53

58

Agriculture, forestry & fishing

39

43

Construction

26

28

Arts & recreation services

10

8

Miningb

6

3

Electricity, gas, water & waste services

8

3

Other services

4

0

Administrative & support services

2

0

Public administration & safety

4

4

Manufacturing

4

5

Information media & telecommunications

1

0

Retail trade

3

1

Wholesale trade

0

0

Health care & social assistance

3

1

Professional, scientific & technical services

1

0

Accommodation & food services

1

2

Education & training

2

0

Financial & insurance services

0

0

Rental, hiring & real estate services

2

1

Total worker deaths

169

157

  • a Ranked in descending order, and then on alphabetical order for industries with no fatalities.
  • b Mining fatalities include fatalities that occur in the coal mining, oil and gas extraction, metal ore mining, gravel and sand quarrying, and services to mining sectors.
  • c Includes notifiable fatalities that occurred overseas.

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