Safe Work Australia Key Work Health and Safety Statistics 2017

Safe Work Australia has released its national statistics on work health and safety and found the rate of worker fatalities has decreased by 49 per cent since its peak in 2007. The report, which has been compiled from worker’s compensation data and fatalities data from jurisdictions, the National Coronial Information System and the media also uncovered the following key points:


  • There were 168 male worker fatalities and 14 female worker fatalities in 2016.
  • The agriculture, forestry and fishing industry has the highest rate of both worker fatalities and serious workers’
    compensation claims.
  • 45% of fatal injuries were caused by vehicle incidents in 2016.
  • The frequency rate for serious claims dropped by 29 per cent from 2005-06 to 2014-15.
  • 25 per cent of serious claims were made by labourers.
  • 43 per cent of serious injuries involve traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury.


This information is provided by Safe Work Australia to raise awareness of work health and safety. To read the full report, please visit

It is important to ensure workplace health and safety policies and procedures are up to date and followed to prevent serious injuries
or deaths.

For more information on workplace health and safety and how it can impact small business, please contact us on (08) 9316 9896 or


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Marisa Ross

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Marisa is an experienced and motivated HR professional with a strong HR generalist and business operations background with a focus on employee relations, performance management, leadership training & development, workers compensation & injury management, and employee retention. Marisa holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with a minor in Counselling. Having worked in a variety of industries from SMEs to large blue-chip organisations, Marisa is passionate about enriching employee experience, employee retention, and building leadership capability in people management.

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