10:20 pm, Thursday 5 December, 2013
A new data released by Safe Work Australia shows there has been no change in the last two years in the number of worker fatalities.
According to the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities, Australia 2012, there were 223 workers who died due to work injuries in 2012.
Key findings of the report include:
- Two thirds of the work-related fatalities in 2012 involved vehicles. Half of these incidents happened on a public road. The other half happened at a worksite.
- Workers aged 65 years and up recorded the highest fatality rate. There were 6.85 deaths per 100,000 workers aged 65 years or more. This was three times the rate for all workers.
- The Transport, postal and warehousing industry recorded the highest number of fatalities with 65 deaths last year. The agriculture, forestry and fishing industry ranked secondwith 53 deaths and the construction industry with 30.
The report is the eighth in a series which estimates the number of workers and bystanders killed each year due to work-related injuries.