Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services industry snapshot 2017

The workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into eight groups

  • Electricity generation
  • Electricity transmission
  • Electricity distribution
  • On selling electricity and electricity market
  • Gas supply
  • Water supply, sewerage and drainage services
  • Waste collection services
  • Waste treatment, disposal and remediation services

2% of the total Tasmanian workforce

95% work full time

6 in 10 workers are aged 35-54

The injuries

101 injuries across the industry in 2017

21% of injuries in the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

3.4 serious injuries per million hours worked, 57% lower than the state average of 7.9

41% decrease in serious injury frequency rate in the last ten years

The people

Waste treatment, disposal and remediation services had the highest serious injury frequency rate

Occupations with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 23% Miscellaneous labourers
  • 17% Truck drivers
  • 14% Stationary plant operators

Workers aged 45 and over report a higher serious injury frequency rate than their younger counterparts

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Mental stress

Action areas

Priority conditions and causes identified in the WorkSafe Strategic Plan 2018-2023 relevant to the industry:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Hazardous manual tasks
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Safe movement of vehicles and plant
  • Mental health conditions
Updated: 25th February 2020