SafeWork Australia has released their key findings report for work-related injury and fatality statistics. This is part of National Safe Work Month and part SafeWork’s goal of using data to make workplaces safe.
Among Australian work industries, construction posted the third highest number of fatalities and the fifth highest fatality rate per 100,000 workers this year (26, and 2.2 respectively).
Some more key statistics:
- Machinery operators and drivers had the highest fatalities by occupation (8.3 per 100k)
- Labourers had the highest number of serious claims made by occupation (27,090)
- The construction industry was responsible for 12% of all serious claims made
- Construction had an incident rate of 15.2 serious claims per 1,000 employees
- 36% of Serious claims were a result of body stressing, 23% were from slips, trips, and falls
- 72% of all serious claims were a result of an injury
SafeWork Australia has highlighted the importance of using these statistics to recognise risk and raise awareness of workplace hazards.