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This page provides statistics on worker fatalities by occupation.

  • 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

More detailed statistics to those provided below can be found in the Number and incidence rate of work-related traumatic injury fatalities by occupation - 2014-2018 statistical table.

In 2018:

  • 35% (51) of workers killed were employed as machinery operators and drivers
  • 25% (36) of workers killed were labourers
  • 19% (27) of workers killed were technicians and trades workers
  • 11% (16) of workers killed were managers.

Table 1: Worker fatalities: number of fatalities and fatality rates by occupation, 2018

Occupation Number of fatalities, 2018 2018 fatality rate (fatalities per 1000 000 workers)
Machinery operators and drivers 86 77
Labourers 65 61
Technicians and trades workers 11 8
Managers 7 5
Professionals 61 48
Community and personal service workers 22 16
Clerical and administrative workers 24 14
Sales workers 31 28
Total* 259 231

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

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Last modified on Thursday 5 December 2019 [6436|92942]