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Mining industry snapshot 2019

The workforce

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

  • Coal mining
  • Oil and gas extraction
  • Metal ore mining
  • Construction material mining
  • Other non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying
  • Exploration
  • Other mining support services

1% of the total Tasmanian workforce

96% of workers are employed full time

Metal ore mining is the largest employing group

48% of workers are aged 45+

The injuries

74 injuries across the industry in 2019

25% of injuries over the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

4 serious injuries per million hours worked, 56% lower than the state average of 9.1

52% lower serious injury frequency rate in 2019 than ten years ago; improving more than state average

The people

Workers aged 55+ had the highest serious injury frequency rate

Metal ore mining reported the highest number of serious injuries

Occupation groups with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 28% Stationary plant operators
  • 19% Construction and mining labourers
  • 9% Miscellaneous labourers

Construction material mining 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

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: 1st July 2020