July 28, 2017

10 Most Dangerous Industries in Australia

There is danger in any profession and in every industry –
here we look at the top 10 in Australia.
Analysing the industry statistics to determine Australia’s most dangerous industries, the numbers are in:
1. Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
2. Transport, Postal and Warehousing
3. Construction
4. Manufacturing
5. Wholesale Trade
6. Mining
7. Health Care and Social Assistance
8. Public Administration and Safety
9. Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
10. Administrative and Support
According to Safe Work Australia‘s Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities, Australia 2015, the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry experienced 52 fatalities in 2015, which was second only to the transport, warehousing and storage industry, which lost a total of 40 employees that year.
Here’s some more information on the top three:
1. Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
The agriculture, forestry and fishing industry has routinely been at the top of the most dangerous jobs list, with 744 workplace fatalities being recorded between 2003-2015. The most dangerous type of sub-division within agriculture was sheep, beef cattle and grain framing with 375 total fatalities in the same time period. The industry also had an abundance of workers’ compensation claims lodged from 2014-15, with over 3% of all workers making a claim.
2. Transport, Postal and Warehousing
Although the transport, postal and warehousing industry only represented 5% of the people employed in Australia, it accounted for a whopping 21% of all work-related fatalities. From 2003-2015, 754 transport, postal and warehousing industry employees lost their lives on the job. Road freight transport workers accounted for 535 fatalities during this period.
3. Construction
Construction accounted for 17% of all workplace fatalities in 2015. From 2003 to 2015, 469 people have been killed in construction-related incidents. Construction was also accounted for 12,575 workers’ compensation claims lodged in 2015, the third-highest of all industries. ‘Constructions services’ were responsible for 209 fatalities between 2013 to 2015. This includes jobs such as earthmoving, plumbing, carpentry, bricklaying and concreting.

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