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Mining snapshot 2021

Key facts about the workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into ten groups. The three largest employing groups are:

  • Metal ore mining
  • Other mining support services
  • Oil and gas extraction

Key facts about injury numbers

There were 72 injuries across the industry in 2021.

This results in a serious injury frequency rate of 7 serious injuries per million hours worked.

The serious injury frequency rate of 7 is 33% higher than the state average of 10.5.

The industry’s serious injury frequency rate was 20% lower in 2021 than ten years ago.

Key facts about injured workers

Metal ore mining reported the highest serious injury frequency rate.

The occupations with the highest proportion of serious injuries were:

  • Construction and mining labourers with 26% of the total and
  • Stationery plant operators with 16% of the total

Key facts about injury causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry in 2021, in order of largest proportion of total injuries, were:

  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Body stressing
  • Being hit by moving objects

Priority conditions and causes

The WorkSafe Strategic Plan 2018-2023 identifies six priority causes and conditions, of these four are most relevant to the industry:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Hazardous manual tasks
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Safe movement of vehicles and plant
Updated: 23rd August 2022
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