Latest figures from Safe Work Australia show there were a total of 175 fatal work injuries in Australia in 2017. The Transport, postal & warehousing industry recorded the highest number of work-related deaths, with 66 fatalities. In 2016, the industry recorded a total of 57 fatalities.
Forty seven Agriculture, forestry & fishing workers died on the job in 2017. The industry had 43 fatalities in 2016. According to the new figures, the construction industry saw 30 fatalities while eight Arts & recreation services workers died on the job.
The figures show 6 manufacturing workers were killed at work, while the Public administration & safety industry lost 5 workers.
Other industries to have recorded fatalities include Mining and Electricity, gas, water & waste services each 3 fatalities. Others include Accommodation & food services 2 fatalities, Retail trade, Wholesale trade, Health care & social assistance, Financial & insurance services and Rental, hiring & real estate service- all of which recorded one fatality each.
No deaths were reported in education & training, professional, scientific & technical services, information media & telecommunications, administrative & support services and other services.
Safe Work Australia figures show 182 Australian workers died on the job in 2016.
Safe Work Australia says the figures are a preliminary estimate of the number of work-related fatalities and once the appropriate authority has investigated the death, more accurate information becomes available from which the safety watchdog updates details of the incident.