Workplace health and safety didn’t improve much in 2017 from the previous year, if Safe Work Australia fatality figures are anything to go by.
In 2017 there were 173 Australian workers killed on the job (as at 22 December), just 9 less than the previous year. In 2016, there were 182 Australian workers killed on the job, with the highest number of fatalities coming from the transport industry.
The Agriculture, forestry and fishing industry recorded the second highest number of fatalities with 46, 2 more than in 2016 when 44 workers were killed.
The construction industry recorded 30 fatalities.