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Retail Trade snapshot 2020

The workforce

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

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

10% of the total Tasmanian workforce

1 in 3 aged under 25

The injuries

484 injuries across the industry group in 2020

6.6 serious injuries per million hours worked, 27% lower than the state average of 9.1

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

The people

34% of serious injuries occurred in Supermarket and grocery stores

Occupations with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 40% Sales assistant and salespersons
  • 15% Storepersons

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 task
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Safe movement of vehicles and plant
Updated: 4th August 2021