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Construction snapshot 2020

The workforce

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

  • Building completion services
  • Building installation services
  • Building structure services
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Land development and site preparation services
  • Non-residential building construction
  • Other construction services
  • Residential building construction

8% of the total Tasmanian workforce

Building installation services is the largest employing group

The injuries

720 injuries across the industry in 2020

39% of injuries over the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

12.7 serious injuries per million hours worked - third highest of all industries

6% increase in serious injury frequency rate in the last ten years

The people

Occupations with the highest percentage of serious Injuries

  • 21% Bricklayers, carpenters and joiners
  • 19% Miscellaneous labourers

Building residential construction reported the highest number of injuries

Non-residential construction had the highest serious injury frequency rate with 21 serious injuries per million hours worked

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
  • Mental health conditions
Updated: 4th August 2021