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Retail snapshot 2021

Key facts about the workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into 14 groups. The three largest employing groups are:

  • Supermarket and grocery stores
  • Pharmaceutical and other store-based retailing
  • Motor vehicle retailing

Key facts about injury numbers

There were 420 injuries across the industry in 2021.

This results in a serious injury frequency rate of 7.1 serious injuries per million hours worked.

The serious injury frequency rate of 7.1 is 32% lower than the state average of 10.5.

The industry’s serious injury frequency rate was 19% higher in 2021 than ten years ago.

Key facts about injured workers

32% of serious injuries occurred in Supermarket and grocery stores.

The occupations with the highest proportion of serious injuries were:

  • Sales assistants and salespersons with 30% of the total and
  • Storepersons 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:

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Mental stress

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
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Safe movement of vehicles and plant
  • Mental health conditions
Updated: 23rd August 2022