Safe Work Australia records information, statistics and reports related to the occurrence of work fatality. As of October 16 this year, there are already 137 Australian workers who have been killed while at work.
The top seven work industries that contribute to the most number of work-related deaths are: (1) transport, postal & warehousing with a death toll of 37, (2) agriculture, forestry & fishing with 32 deaths, (3) construction, 19 deaths, (4) mining, 14 deaths, (5) manufacturing, 11 deaths, (6) arts & recreation services, 7 deaths, and (7) accommodation & food services, 5 deaths. The mining fatalities include those that occurred in the coal mining, oil and gas extraction, metal ore mining, gravel and sand quarrying, as well as the services to mining sectors.
This statistics is based on the initial media reports that cited the estimate number of people killed while working. Safe Work Australia would update their records once the appropriate authority would investigate and confirm the number of death. This way, the statistics would consist of a more accurate information.
These reports are being used in Safe Work Australia’s monthly Notifiable Fatality reports, as well as for the annual Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities report.