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Retail Trade industry snapshot 2018

The workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into 14 groups

  • Motor vehicle retailing
  • Motor vehicle parts and tyre retailing
  • Fuel retailing
  • Supermarket and grocery stores
  • Specialised food retailing
  • Furniture, floor coverings, houseware and textile goods retailing
  • Electrical and electronic goods retailing
  • Hardware, building and garden supplies retailing
  • Recreational goods retailing
  • Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing
  • Department stores
  • Pharmaceutical and other store-based retailing
  • Non-store retailing
  • Retail commission-based buying and/or selling

11% of the total Tasmanian workforce

44% of workers are employed full time

1 in 3 aged under 25

The injuries

567 injuries across the industry group in 2018

31% of injuries over the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

6.6 serious injuries per million hours worked, 24% lower than the state average of 8.7

Serious injury frequency rate stayed steady over the last ten years, while state average decreased 16% during the same time

The people

45-54 year olds report the highest serious injury frequency rates

Motor vehicle parts and tyre retail and non store retailing had the highest serious injury frequency rates despite a low number of claims

30% of serious injuries occurred in Supermarket and grocery stores

Occupations with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 45% Sales assistant and salespersons
  • 9% Storepersons

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 relevant to the industry

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Hazardous manual task
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Mental health conditions
Updated: 16th June 2020