News 26 November 2020

New report reveals leading causes, industries of workplace fatalities

A new report released by Safe Work Australia shows how Australia's work-related fatality toll has risen from 146 in 2018 to 183 in 2019. Explore our interactive infographic.

Australia’s disappointing work-related fatality toll for 2019 can be attributed, in part, to a sharp increase in fatal vehicle collisions and deaths caused by falling objects, Safe Work Australia’s (SWA) new traumatic injury fatalities report shows.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) claims the growing toll in the transport sector actually underestimated the fatality rate, with the increased numbers of deaths of delivery workers in the gig economy recorded as traffic accidents rather than workplace fatalities.

In the new report, SWA stresses that while the death toll increased between 2018 and 2019, the rate has decreased by 53 per cent since 310 work-related traumatic injury fatalities were recorded in 2007.

Explore the facts and figure of the report in our interactive infographic below:


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