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Statewide snapshot 2019

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

Statewide, hours worked have increased in recent years

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the industry with the largest increase in hours

Construction has seen the largest decrease in hours worked

4 in 10 workers are aged over 45

16% of Tasmanian workers are employed in Health Care and Social Assistance, making it the largest employing industry in the state

The injuries

7,636 injuries across the state in 2019

38% of injuries over the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

9.1 serious injuries per million hours worked

Serious injury frequency rate decreased 9% over the last ten years

The people

55-64 year olds reported the highest serious injury frequency rate

Mining industry reported the biggest decrease in serious injury frequency rate in ten years

Accommodation and Food Services industry reported the biggest increase in serious injury frequency rate in the last ten years

Occupations with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 10% Miscellaneous labourers
  • 9% Personal carers and assistants
  • 6% Cleaners and laundry workers

1 in 5 injuries workers injured in 2019 worked in Health Care and Social Assistance

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the state

  • 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: 1st July 2020