Fatality statistics https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/ en Work-related traumatic injury fatalities https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/collection/work-related-traumatic-injury-fatalities <div class="node node--type-collection node--view-mode-rss layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>These reports are produced annually to provide national statistics on all workers and bystanders fatally injured through work-related activity. This data draws on a range of information sources, including:</p> <ul> <li>initial reporting of fatalities in the media or on relevant authority websites such as police, road authorities and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau</li> <li>notifications from the jurisdictional authorities, and </li> <li>the National Coronial Information System which provides confidential access to coroners’, police and other investigative reports.</li> </ul> <p>This data is regularly reviewed and figures may be revised as additional information becomes available. Time series information should therefore only be accessed from the latest report. Historical reports also included commuter fatalities (workers that died while commuting to or from work), which are no longer included.</p> <p></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tag by Category</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/64" hreflang="en">Statistics</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tag-by-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tag by Topic</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/77" hreflang="en">Fatality statistics</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Document type</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/171" hreflang="en">Statistical reports</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:13:53 +0000 Fatality statistics Notifiable fatalities monthly report https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/collection/notifiable-fatalities-monthly-report <div class="node node--type-collection node--view-mode-rss layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The monthly notifiable fatality report provides a national summary of work-related traumatic fatalities that were notifiable to Australian work health and safety jurisdictions. Besides providing an estimate of the number of work-related deaths, the report also includes details of the types of incident involved; the industry of the workplace at which the fatalities occurred; and the industry of the decedent’s employer.</p> <p>Although only the most recent report is usually presented, the December 2016 report has been retained since it includes previous monthly counts. However, comparisons between yearly monthly counts should be made with caution since, by agreement with jurisdictions, the reporting of incidents on public roads in 2012 and onward are more comprehensive.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tag by Category</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/64" hreflang="en">Statistics</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tag-by-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tag by Topic</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/77" hreflang="en">Fatality statistics</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Document type</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/171" hreflang="en">Statistical reports</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:13:53 +0000 Fatality statistics Australian Workers’ Compensation Statistics 2017–18 https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/media-centre/news/australian-workers-compensation-statistics-2017-18 <div class="node node--type-news node--view-mode-rss layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-01-10T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Friday 10 January 2020</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-type-of-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Type of content</div> <div class="field__item">News</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This report provides the latest workers’ compensation data, including occupation and industry data.</p> <p>Key findings in 2017-18 include:</p> <ul> <li>The total number of serious workers’ compensation claims was 107,335</li> <li>The three occupations with the highest rate of serious claims (per million hours worked) were: <ol> <li>Labourers</li> <li>Community and personal service workers</li> <li>Machinery operators and drivers.</li> </ol> </li> <li>The three industries with the highest rate of serious claims (per million hours worked) were: <ol> <li>Agriculture, forestry and fishing</li> <li>Manufacturing.</li> <li>Transport, postal and warehousing</li> </ol> </li> </ul> <p>To find out other interesting statistics, read the full <a href="/node/1751"><em>Australian Workers’ Compensation Statistics 2017–18</em> report</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:13:53 +0000 Fatality statistics Work-related fatalities continue to decline but more work needed https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/media-centre/news/work-related-fatalities-continue-decline-more-work-needed <div class="node node--type-news node--view-mode-rss layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2019-11-18T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Monday 18 November 2019</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-type-of-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Type of content</div> <div class="field__item">News</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Safe Work Australia has released the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2018 report, which provides the latest detailed national statistics on all workers and bystanders fatally injured through work-related activity.</strong></p> <p>The <a href="/node/1745"><em><font color="#0066cc">Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2018 report</font></em></a>, outlines the latest in national work-related traumatic injury fatality statistics.</p> <p>Over the last decade, the fatality rate has more than halved with 1.1 worker fatalities per 100,000 workers in 2018.</p> <p>The report details that 69 per cent of worker fatalities occurred in the following industries:</p> <ul> <li>Transport, postal and warehousing (38 fatalities)</li> <li>Agriculture, forestry and fishing (37 fatalities)</li> <li>Construction (24 fatalities)</li> </ul> <p>The most common causes of worker fatalities in 2018 were:</p> <ul> <li>Vehicle collisions (44 fatalities)</li> <li>Being hit by a moving object (24 fatalities)</li> <li>Falls from a height (18 fatalities)</li> </ul> <p>The report and data are drawn from a range of sources, including initial reporting of fatalities in the media, notifications from jurisdictional authorities, and the National Coronial Information System.</p> <p>“While the downward trend in work-related fatalities is encouraging, it is not a cause for celebration. Every work-related fatality is a tragedy, and there’s a lot more work to be done” Safe Work Australia CEO, Michelle Baxter said.</p> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:13:53 +0000 Fatality statistics Latest data on worker fatalities and serious workers’ compensation claims https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/media-centre/media-release/latest-data-worker-fatalities-and-serious-workers-compensation-claims <div class="node node--type-news node--view-mode-rss layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2019-11-04T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Monday 04 November 2019</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-type-of-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Type of content</div> <div class="field__item">Media Release</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The report shows that in 2018, 144 people were fatally injured at work. The number and rate of worker fatalities have continued to decline in line with long-term trends.</p> <p>“While these trends are encouraging, they are not a cause for celebration. Every work-related fatality is a tragedy, and there’s a lot more work to be done” Safe Work Australia CEO, Michelle Baxter said.</p> <p>“We know that work-related fatalities, injuries and disease have a devastating impact on workers and their families. Understanding the latest statistics can help identify ways to prevent these” Ms Baxter said. </p> <p>Along with a reduction in fatalities, the rate of serious workers’ compensation claims continued to trend downwards, decreasing to 5.5 serious claims per million hours worked in 2017-18. </p> <p>The <a href="/node/1743"><em>Key Work Health and Safety Statistics Australia 2019</em></a> report is a high-level overview of national statistics on work-related fatalities, injuries and disease.</p> <p><a href="/node/1743">Download a PDF of the report or view it on the Safe Work Australia website</a>.</p> <p>Media contact | <a href="mailto:media@swa.gov.au">media@swa.gov.au</a> |</p> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:13:53 +0000 Fatality statistics Key Work Health and Safety Statistics, Australia 2017 https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/media-centre/news/key-work-health-and-safety-statistics-australia-2017 <div class="node node--type-news node--view-mode-rss layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2017-09-29T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Friday 29 September 2017</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-type-of-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Type of content</div> <div class="field__item">News</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Did you know the rate of worker fatalities has reduced by 49 per cent since the peak in 2007? </strong></p> <p>Read Safe Work Australia’s <a href="/doc/key-work-health-and-safety-statistics-australia-2017">Key Work Health and Safety Statistics, Australia 2017</a> for more national statistics on work-related injury, disease and fatalities.</p> <p>This report is a quick overview of latest national statistics compiled from workers’ compensation data and data on workers fatalities sourced from jurisdictions, the National Coronial Information System and the media.</p> <p>Some key points from this report include:</p> <ul> <li> <p>The agriculture, forestry and fishing industry has the highest rate of both worker fatalities and serious workers’ compensation claims.</p> </li> <li> <p>43 per cent of serious injuries involve traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury.</p> </li> <li> <p>The median amount of compensation paid for a serious claim is $10,800.</p> </li> </ul> <p>You can read the full publication on our <a href="/doc/key-work-health-and-safety-statistics-australia-2017">Key Work Health and Safety Statistics page</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:13:53 +0000 Fatality statistics This year’s quad bike fatalities nearing total for 2016 https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/media-centre/news/years-quad-bike-fatalities-nearing-total-2016 <div class="node node--type-news node--view-mode-rss layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2017-07-14T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Friday 14 July 2017</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-type-of-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Type of content</div> <div class="field__item">News</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Quad bike safety farm safety week 2017" class="inline-image" src="/sites/default/files/inline-image/8376/quads_and_farm_safety_webnews.jpg" style=" width: 620px;" /></p> <p><strong>Next week is Farm Safety Week, and we’re focussing on quad bikes – a major cause of death and serious injury in rural workplaces. </strong></p> <p>Agriculture, whilst a rewarding industry to work in, is also one of the most dangerous. 115 people have lost their lives on quad bikes in Australia since 2011, and almost two-thirds of those have occurred on farms.</p> <p>Of the nine quad bike fatalities that have occurred this year already, over half involved rollovers, and two were children (aged 16 and under).</p> <p>“One of the most effective ways to prevent quad bike injuries and deaths is to critically assess if a quad bike is the right vehicle for the job,” said Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Michelle Baxter.</p> <p>“Side-by-side vehicles may be more suitable in rural workplaces where the operator stays seated, and generally has rollover protection structures and restraints like seat belts.”</p> <p>By taking the necessary precautions, you could be eligible for a rebate in your state. Work health and safety regulators in <a href="http://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/health-and-safety/safety-topics-a-z/quad-bikes/quad-bike-safety-improvement-program-FAQs">New South Wales</a> and <a href="http://www.vff.org.au/vff/Farming_Resources/Quad_Bike_Safety_Rebate_Scheme.aspx?WebsiteKey=62c24c8c-d2bd-4a9d-b3fc-8986271a8595">Victoria</a> are currently running programs to improve quad bike safety, including rebates for quad bike training and buying alternative vehicles.</p> <p>Farm Safety Week is a nationwide initiative held between 17-21 July 2017, raising awareness of farm safety issues and highlighting practical steps farmers can take to improve work health and safety on farms.</p> <p>To find out how best to keep yourself, your workers and your family safe in your jurisdiction, <a href="/whs-authorities-contact-information">contact your local regulator</a>.</p> <h3>Resources:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="/quad-bikes">Quad bikes page</a></li> <li><a href="/agriculture">Agriculture page</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Source: Information compiled by Safe Work Australia.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:13:53 +0000 Fatality statistics New Road transport industry profile https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/media-centre/news/new-road-transport-industry-profile <div class="node node--type-news node--view-mode-rss layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2017-05-12T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Friday 12 May 2017</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-type-of-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Type of content</div> <div class="field__item">News</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>It is Road Safety Week. Our latest data shows that in the road transport industry 77% of fatalities are due to vehicle collisions and 43% of injuries are due to body stressing.</p> <p>These statistics from the road transport industry and many more are available in the <a href="/node/1462">Road transport industry profile</a>.</p> <p>Based on the latest data on worker fatalities and workers’ compensation claims in the road transport industry, this profile includes statistics on the nature, circumstances and main causes of injuries, illnesses and fatalities in this industry.</p> <p>If you are involved in this industry, being aware of this data allows you to assist in reducing the risks and ensuring a healthy and safe workplace.</p> <p>You can also view a quick snapshot through the <a href="/doc/infographic-fatalities-and-injuries-road-transport-industry">Road transport industry infographic</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:13:53 +0000 Fatality statistics Work-related fatalities associated with unsafe design report now available https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/media-centre/news/work-related-fatalities-associated-unsafe-design-report-now-available <div class="node node--type-news node--view-mode-rss layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2014-11-10T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Monday 10 November 2014</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-type-of-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Type of content</div> <div class="field__item">News</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><content> <p>Today, Safe Work Australia released the <a href="/node/1165"><em>Work-related fatalities associated with unsafe design of machinery, plant and powered tools, (2006-2011) </em>report</a>.</p> <p>Of the 523 fatalities examined in this study, 36 per cent or 188 fatalities were found to be either definitely or possibly design-related, meaning that these fatalities would probably not have occurred if the risks of the equipment involved had been eliminated through safe design.</p> <p>According to the report the most common causes of design-related deaths were:</p> <ul> <li>inadequate guarding (21 per cent)</li> <li>lack of roll-over protection structures/seat belts (15 per cent)</li> <li>lack of residual current device (12 per cent)</li> <li>lack of interlock (eight per cent), and</li> <li>driver obstructed vision (eight per cent).</li> </ul> <p>Less well-known is the number of fatal incidents involving the users of elevating work platforms being crushed against roofing and beams— with seven fatalities recorded during the period 2006-2011.</p> <a href="/node/74"><em>Healthy and safe by design</em></a> is an action area of the <em><a href="/node/1043">Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022</a>.</em> <p> </p> </content></div> </div> </div> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:13:53 +0000 Fatality statistics Ministerial media release - Be safe. Be healthy. Because… your actions are actually making a difference to workers’ lives https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/media-centre/news/ministerial-media-release-be-safe-be-healthy-because-your-actions-are-actually <div class="node node--type-news node--view-mode-rss layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2015-10-29T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Thursday 29 October 2015</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-type-of-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Type of content</div> <div class="field__item">News</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><content><p>Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment launched the <em>Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities, Australia 2014 </em>report during the final week of National Safe Work Month. This report shows the number of Australians killed at work has been steadily decreasing since 2007.</p> <p>Read more in the media release, <a href="https://ministers.employment.gov.au/cash/australian-workplace-fatalities-continue-decline"> Be safe. Be healthy. Because… your actions are actually making a difference to worker’s lives</a> available on the Minister’s Media Centre.</p> <p>The <em><a href="/sites/swa/statistics/work-related-fatalities/pages/workrelatedtraumaticinjuryfatalities">Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities, Australia 2014 </a></em>report is available on Safe Work Australia’s website. </p> </content></div> </div> </div> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:13:53 +0000 Fatality statistics