These are Australia’s Most Dangerous Jobs has compiled a list of the most dangerous jobs in Australia and the construction industry is on the list.

The list ranks the top 10 most dangerous industries based on fatalities between 2003 and 2015. took employment figures from Safe Work Australia in the Australian Workers’ Compensation statistics and combined them with the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities report stats to create a Risk Score for each industry.

Here are Australia’s Top 10 most dangerous industries

  1. Agriculture, forestry and fishing – recorded 744 workplace fatalities between 2003 – 2015.
  2. Transport, postal and warehousing – recorded 754 work-related fatalities between 2003 – 2015
  3. Construction – 469 people killed in construction-related incidents between 2003-2015
  4. Manufacturing – 275 workers killed in workplace incidents between 2003-2015
  5. Wholesale trade – 98 fatalities between 2003-2015
  6. Mining – 122 killed in mining incidents between 2013-2015
  7. Health and community services – had the highest number of worker compensation claims in 2014-2015 (17,565 claims lodged)
  8. Public administration and safety – recorded a total of 6 deaths and 8270 workers’ compensation claims in 2015
  9. Electricity, gas, water and waste services –recorded an increase in workers’ compensation claims in 2015 with 1,175 (up from 1,100)
  10. Administrative and support services – 7 killed in workplace incidents


Latest Workplace Fatalities Reported

Safe Work Australia has released the latest workplace fatality figures and as at the end of June, 70 Australians had lost their lives on the job since the start of the year.

According to figures, 11 construction workers have been killed in 2018, exceeded only by the transport, postal & warehousing industry with 23 fatalities and the agriculture, forestry & fishing industry which recorded 20 fatalities.

In 2017, 187 Australian workers were killed at work, as compared to 182 workers in 2016.


Higher Rate of Workplace Fatalities in Victoria for 2017


2017 was not a good year for safety in Victoria, if the number of workplace fatalities are anything to go by.

In 2017, there were 27 workplace fatalities, which was the highest toll since 2009.

WorkSafe has reminded all Victorian businesses to make safety a priority, rethinking their safety strategy to make 2018 a safer year.

Of the 27 fatalities in the state last year, 20 occurred in regional Victoria and 7 in the greater metropolitan Melbourne.

WorkSafe’s head of operations and emergency management, Adam Watson urged employers and workers to work together to improve workplace safety.

He urged businesses to consider the human cost of these figures and not just think of them as statistics.


Notifiable Fatalities Latest Report Shows Number of Construction Workers Killed on the Job


The July 2017 notifiable fatalities report has been released by Safe Work Australia, and according to the data, 15 work related notifiable fatalities occurred in that month.

The report gives a national count of work related traumatic fatalities that were notifiable to Australian work health and safety jurisdictions.

In July 2017, seven male workers and one female worker was killed. There were also 4 male bystanders killed and 3 female bystanders killed.

Two fatalities were from the construction industry.


Latest Monthly Notifiable Fatalities Report Released


The latest notifiable fatalities monthly report has been released and the results for February 2017 are concerning.

According to the report, there were 20 work related notifiable fatalities in February.

The report provides a national summary of work related traumatic fatalities that were notifiable to Australian work health and safety jurisdictions.

During February there were 14 male workers killed and 6 male bystanders.

Five of these fatalities involved a vehicle and three from falls from a height.

Two of these fatalities were as a result of electrocution and another 2 resulted from victims being hit by moving objects.

Three fatalities occurred in the construction industry. Find out more

2017 Hasn’t Been Good for Workplace Health and Safety

The construction industry has been responsible for an alarming number of workplace fatalities this year, together with the transport, postal and warehousing industry and the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry.

The construction industry had the third highest number of fatalities, 13 so far.

Recent Safe Work Australia figures indicate that 76 Australian workers have been killed so far in 2017.

In the  Transport, postal & warehousing industry 30 workplace fatalities have taken place.

Agriculture, forestry & fishing workplaces have seen 15 fatalities this year.

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$3.2Million Campaign to Make NSW Safe

SafeWork NSW has launched a campaign to make the state the safest in Australia.

The $32 million campaign “Safety starts with you”, was created out of a response to the rising number of workplace injuries and illneses in NSW across all industries.

Not only are people being injured and killed on the job but the economy is losing millions as a result. According to statistics, there were 30,902 major workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015/16 and 60 fatalities.

The cost of these incidents to the economy was $17.3 billion or 3.7 per cent of gross state product.

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Victoria Workplace Fatalities Rose in 2016

 WorkSafe Victoria has urged workplaces in the state to make safety a priority, given the atrocious year we had last year when it comes to workplace health and safety.
2016 saw 26 workplace fatalities taking place and since 2009 it was the worst year on record.
Seven of the incidents were from the construction industry. Five incidents involved tractors, four were due to falls from height and 3 were from electrocutions.
The youngest person killed was 21 and the oldest was 94.
This year hasn’t gotten off to a very good start with 5 fatalities already, let’s pay more attention to safety to make sure 2017 is a good year. Source: