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This page provides statistics on worker fatalities by occupation 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 deceased’s occupation is coded using the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, 2013, Version 1.2.

Number of fatalities and fatality rate by occupation

In 2016:

  • 34% (62) of workers killed were employed as machinery operators and drivers
  • 22% (40) of workers killed were labourers
  • 13% (24) of workers killed were managers
  • 14% (26) of workers killed were technicians and trades workers.

Table 1: Worker fatalities: number of fatalities by occupation and sub-group, 2003 and 2012-2016 (sorted by 2016 fatalities)

Occupation 2003 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 % of 2016 10yr average (2007-2016)
Machinery operators and drivers 86 77 62 67 71 62 34% 33%
Road and rail drivers 65 61 47 49 46 50 27% 24%
Mobile plant operators 11 8 6 6 17 8 4% 4%
Machine and stationary plant operators 7 5 8 12 8 3 2% 4%
Labourers 61 48 41 50 38 40 22% 20%
Farm, forestry and garden workers 22 16 11 23 17 15 8% 8%
Construction and mining labourers 24 14 8 9 9 11 6% 5%
Technicians and trades workers 31 28 29 29 35 26 14% 16%
Construction trades workers 10 11 3 10 11 12 7% 5%
Automotive and engineering trades workers 10 4 11 8 9 2 1% 4%
Electro-technology and telecommunications trades workers 9 6 9 7 8 6 3% 4%
Managers 40 39 35 19 35 24 13% 15%
Farmers and farm managers 31 27 30 16 24 19 10% 11%
Professionals 19 22 12 12 12 14 8% 8%
Design, engineering, science and transport professionals 17 15 9 10 6 8 4% 5%
Community and personal service workers 11 9 14 11 10 3 2% 4%
Protective service workers 7 7 4 3 .. 3 2% 2%
Sales workers 7 3 6 2 2 3 2% 2%
Clerical and administrative workers 4 5 1 3 1 1 1% 1%
Total* 259 231 202 197 211 182 100% 100%

*Totals include occupations which are unknown, therefore the sum of figures for each column may not equal the total.

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

Occupation 2003 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 10yr average (2007-2016)
Machinery operators and drivers 13.7 10.4 8.0 8.9 9.5 8.2 10.4
Labourers 5.6 4.2 3.6 4.4 3.4 3.4 4.1
Managers 3.5 2.7 2.4 1.3 2.3 1.6 2.4
Technicians and trades workers 2.2 1.7 1.7 1.7 2.0 1.5 2.2
Professionals 1.0 0.9 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.8
Sales workers 0.7 0.3 0.6 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.4
Community and personal service workers 1.4 0.8 1.2 1.0 0.8 0.2 0.9
Clerical and administrative workers 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2
Total* 2.7 2.0 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.5 2.1

*Totals include occupations which are unknown, therefore the sum of figures for each column may not equal the total.

Note: Only selected subcategories are included. Therefore, the number of fatalities in the selected subcategories will not add to the category total.

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