1 death is too many. 1 death is too many

1 Death Is Too Many.

While visiting Safework Australia’s web site we note the completed report for workplace fatalities.

Consider this:

In 2017 Australia had 190 deaths at work

If we consider the following three factors it is fairly easy to conclude the most at risk people.


Work-related injury fatalities by age group, 2017

Age group (years) Number of fatalities Fatality rate
(fatalities per 100,000 workers)
less than 25 16 0.9
25-34 32 1.1
35-44 33 1.2
45-54 35 1.4
55-64 49 2.7
65 and over 25 5.1
Total 190 1.5

Work-related injury fatalities by mechanism of fatal injury, 2017

Mechanism of incident Number of fatalities % of injury fatalities
Vehicle collision 60 32%
Being hit by moving objects 35 18%
Falls from a height 28 15%
Being hit by falling objects 15 8%
Roll over of non-road vehicle 10 5%
Drowning 8 4%
Other mechanisms 34 18%
Total 190 100%

Work-related injury fatalities by occupation, 2017

Occupation Number of fatalities Fatality rate
(fatalities per 100,000 workers)
Machinery operators and drivers 55 7.1
Labourers 56 4.6
Managers 26 1.7
Community and personal service workers 14 1.1
Technicians and trades workers 17 1.0
Professionals 18 0.6
Clerical and administrative workers 3 0.2
Sales workers 1 0.1
Total 190 1.5

When looking deeper into the statistics; 136 (72%) of the work-related fatalities are from:

  • Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing— 52 deaths
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing—54 deaths
  • Construction—30 deaths

Of the 190 deaths 14 were Female and 176 were Male.

We say stay safe and ensure everything you and your work colleagues do are risk assessed with the hazards identified and control measure in place. As of 2/7/2020 we have had 91 deaths at work in our country and that is 91 too many.

Source: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/book/work-related-injury-fatalities-key-whs-statistics-australia-2018