Key Points:

– Males, machinery, vehicles and agriculture topped the list of workplace injuries and fatalities

– 96% of worker fatalities in 2020 were male.

– Vehicle collisions accounted for 41% of all 2020 worker fatalities.

– The agriculture, forestry and fishing industry had the highest worker fatality rate.

 

Each year, Safe Work Australia produces national work health and safety statistics, providing important evidence on the state of work health and safety in Australia.

The numbers reveal that males, machinery, vehicles and agriculture made up the largest share of workplace injuries and fatalities in Safework’s figures released for last year.

Although fatalities have significantly decreased by some 50% from their peak in 2007, typically older men and machinery operators involved in agriculture and transport still sadly tend to take out the top ranking in the numbers.

Work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses have a devastating impact on workers, their families and the community.

Safework Australia says in releasing the figures that understanding the causes of injury and the industries most affected can help reduce work-related fatalities, injuries and disease.

The saying ‘familiarity breeds contempt,’ is one that probably reflects the figures and should be something that workplaces engage with their workers to help prevent incidents with those over-represented in the figures.

Tragically,194 people were fatally injured at work in 2020.

Key findings include:

  • 96% of worker fatalities in 2020 were male.
  • Vehicle collisions accounted for 41% of all 2020 worker fatalities.
  • Machinery operators and drivers had the highest number of fatalities by occupation (67 fatalities) in 2020.
  • The agriculture, forestry and fishing industry had the highest worker fatality rate in 2020.

Workers’ compensation claims 2019-20

  • There were a total of 120,355 serious workers’ compensation claims in Australia in 2019-20. This is an increase from 114,435 claims in 2018-19.
  • Body stressing was the leading cause of serious workers’ compensation claims in 2019-20, accounting for 37% of all serious claims.

 

Read the latest Key Work Health and Safety Statistics, Australia 2021 report at: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/doc/key-work-health-and-safety-statistics-australia-2021

Scan the results and consider the risks for your own operation and whether you can help put measures in place to prevent any similar statistics at your workplace.

If you need assistance or would be interested in a free Turf Australia member site safety audit, please contact Turf Australia or TurfPlus at admin@turfplus.com.au