December 4, 2018

Road Transport: Vehicle Incidents Account for 79% of Worker Fatalities

Key takeouts:
  • Worker fatalities are high with 15.6 fatalities per 100,000 workers, with no improvement in recent years
  • Serious claims rates are high with 11.0 serious claims per million hours worked, however, this has fallen by 36% since 2011-12
  • The road freight transport sub-sector accounted for 92% of worker fatalities and 82% of serious claims
  • As an occupation, truck drivers accounted for the highest proportion of both worker fatalities (84%) and serious claims (54%)
  • Vehicle incidents accounted for 79% of worker fatalities, followed by being hit by moving objects (6%)
  • Muscular stress while handling objects accounted for the highest proportion of serious claims (18%), followed by muscular stress while lifting, carrying or putting down an object (15%), and falls on the same level (13%)

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