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Statewide industry snapshot 2017

The workforce

The industries are divided into 19 divisions:

  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Administrative and Support Services
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
  • Arts and Recreation Services
  • Construction
  • Education and Training
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
  • Financial and Insurance Services
  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Information Media and Telecommunications
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Other Services
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Public Administration and Safety
  • Rental, Hiring and Real estate services
  • Retail Trade
  • Transport
  • Wholesale Trade

3 in 10 workers are aged 45-54

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employing industry

The injuries

6,843 injuries across the industry in 2017

39% of injuries resulted in at least one week off work

7.9 serious injuries per million hours worked

Serious injury frequency rate decreased 27% over the last ten years

The people

35-44 year olds reported the highest serious injury frequency rate

1 in 5 injuries in 2017 occurred in Health Care and Social Assistance

Residential Care Services reported more injuries than any other industry group

Occupations with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 9% Personal Carers and Assistants
  • 9% Miscellaneous Labourers
  • 5% Cleaners and Laundry Workers

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Being hit by moving objects
  • Mental stress

Action areas

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

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Hazardous manual tasks
  • Safe movement of vehicles and plant
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Mental health conditions
  • Asbestos related diseases
Updated: 11th December 2019