Key facts about the workforce
This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into eight groups. The three largest employing groups are:
- State government administration
- Central government administration
- Public order and safety services
Key facts about injury numbers
There were 821 injuries across the industry in 2021.
This results in a serious injury frequency rate of 16 serious injuries per million hours worked.
The serious injury frequency rate of 16 is 52% higher than the state average of 10.5.
The industry’s serious injury frequency rate was 21% higher in 2021 than ten years ago.
Key facts about injured workers
Public order and safety services reported the highest serious injury frequency rate.
The occupations with the highest proportion of serious injuries were:
- Firefighters and police with 19% of the total and
- Prison and security officers with 19% 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:
- Mental stress
- Body stressing
- Falls, slips and trips
Priority conditions and causes
The WorkSafe Strategic Plan 2018-2023 identifies six priority causes and conditions, of these five are most relevant to the industry
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Hazardous manual task
- Safe movement of vehicles and plant
- Mental health conditions
- Slips, trips and falls