175 Australian workers killed in 2017

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Latest figures from Safe Work Australia show there were a total of 175 fatal work injuries in Australia in 2017. The Transport, postal & warehousing industry recorded the highest number of work-related deaths, with 66 fatalities. In 2016, the industry recorded a total of 57 fatalities.

Forty seven Agriculture, forestry & fishing workers died on the job in 2017. The industry had 43 fatalities in 2016.  According to the new figures, the construction industry saw 30 fatalities while eight Arts & recreation services workers died on the job.

The figures show 6 manufacturing workers were killed at work, while the Public administration & safety industry lost 5 workers.

Other industries to have recorded fatalities include Mining and Electricity, gas, water & waste services each 3 fatalities. Others include Accommodation & food services 2 fatalities, Retail trade, Wholesale trade, Health care & social assistance, Financial & insurance services and Rental, hiring & real estate service- all of which recorded one fatality each.

No deaths were reported in Education & training, Professional, scientific & technical services, Information media & telecommunications, Administrative & support services and Other services.

Safe Work Australia figures show 182 Australian workers died on the job in 2016.

Safe Work Australia says the figures are a preliminary estimate of the number of work-related fatalities and  once the appropriate authority has investigated the death, more accurate information becomes available from which the safety watchdog updates details of the incident.

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