10:51 pm, Monday 4 November, 2013
Safe Work Australia has recently released the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities, Australia 2012 report which found that 223 workers died from injuries at work in 2012. The result shows a significant fall from the 311 fatalities recorded in 2007. There were 2596 work-related deaths over the past 10 years.
Additional findings include:
- Two thirds of the work-related fatalities in 2012 involved vehicles. Half of these incidents occurred on a public road while the other half occurred at a worksite.
- Australian workers aged 65 years and over had the highest fatality rate. There were 6.85 deaths per 100 000 workers aged 65 years or over. This was three times the rate for all workers.
- The Transport, postal and warehousing industry had the highest number of fatalities with 65 deaths in 2012. This was followed by the Agriculture, forestry and fishing industry with 53 deaths and the Construction industry with 30.
The report is the eighth in a series that estimates the number of people killed every year in work-related incidents.
The complete report can be downloaded on the Safe Work Australia website.