Manufacturing industry snapshot 2017

The workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into over 50 groups.

The eight largest groups in Tasmania are

  • Bakery product manufacturing
  • Meat and meat product manufacturing
  • Log sawmilling and timber dressing
  • Dairy product manufacturing
  • Other transport equipment manufacturing
  • Beverage manufacturing
  • Other wood product manufacturing
  • Sugar and confectionary manufacturing

8% of the total Tasmanian workforce

79% work full time

Lower than state average proportion of workers aged 45 and over

The injuries

723 injuries across the industry in 2017

30% of injuries in the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

8 serious injuries per million hours worked, in line with the state average of 7.9

50% decrease in serious injury frequency rate in the last ten years

Below the state average for the first time in ten years

The people

Occupation groups with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 18% Food process workers
  • 16% Miscellaneous factor process workers
  • 11% Miscellaneous labourers
  • 8% Fabrication engineering trades workers

Under 25 year olds reported the highest serious injury frequency rate

Structural metal product manufacturing had the highest serious injury frequency rate

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Being hit by moving objects
  • Hitting objects with a part of the body

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
Updated: 25th February 2020