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Manufacturing snapshot 2020

The workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into over 60 groups.

The eight largest groups in Tasmania are

  • Bakery product manufacturing
  • Basic non-ferrous metal manufacturing
  • Beverage manufacturing
  • Dairy product manufacturing
  • Furniture manufacturing
  • Meat and meat product manufacturing
  • Other transport equipment manufacturing
  • Structural metal product manufacturing

7% of the total Tasmanian workforce

77% work full time

All age groups are evenly represented

The injuries

834 injuries across the industry in 2019

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

10.6 serious injuries per million hours worked, 16% higher than the state average of 9.1

18% decrease in serious injury frequency rate in the last ten years

The people

Other transport equipment manufacturing reported the highest number of injuries

Occupation groups with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 16% Labourers
  • 12% Food process workers

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Being hit by moving objects
  • Hitting objects with a part of the body

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: 4th August 2021