Safe Work Australia has released the August 2017 notifiable fatalities monthly report. The monthly notifiable fatality report provides a national summary of work-related traumatic fatalities that were notifiable to Australian work health and safety jurisdictions.
The latest report shows there were 12 work-related notifiable fatalities during August 2017 — nine male workers, two male bystanders, and one female bystander.
Of the 12 fatalities, three fatalities were as a result of a vehicle incident — public road crash, two were from hit by falling object, two were as a result of a vehicle incident —air crash. The five remaining fatalities were due to other types of incidences.
Three fatalities occurred in Transport, postal & warehousing workplaces, three in Agriculture, forestry & fishing workplaces, two in Construction workplaces, and one each occurred in Administrative & support services, Mining, Education & training and Health care & social assistance workplaces.
Safe Work Australia says the monthly notifiable fatalities report should be considered a preliminary estimate of work-related fatalities since it is based on initial reports from authority inspectors.
According to the safety agency, the number of notifiable fatalities and/or the circumstances involved may change at a later date after further investigation.