Grim stats shine light on workplace hazards


Latest figures from Safe Work Australia show a total of 129 workers have been killed on the job so far this year. The safety agency says these figures are based on initial media reports and are a preliminary estimate of the number of people killed while working.

The Transport, postal & warehousing industry has so far recorded the highest number of workplace deaths, with 49 people killed in 2017.

Agriculture, forestry & fishing industry comes second with 28 fatalities, while construction with 27 recorded fatalities comes third.

In 2016, the transport industry recorded a total of 47 fatalities, Agriculture 44 fatalities and construction 35 fatalities.

Arts & recreation services has so far recorded 7 fatalities while manufacturing has seen 4 fatalities.

Electricity, gas, water & waste services and Public administration & safety have each 3 fatalities.

Other industries with fatalities in 2017 include Accommodation & food services and Mining with each two fatalities.

Rental, hiring & real estate services, Health care & social assistance, Retail trade and Other services have each one fatality.

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