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A workplace accident will never happen to me

Maralyn Kastel - Saturday, April 24, 2010

In 2008–09 there were 177 notified work related fatalities — 151 workers and 26 bystanders (people who suffered a fatal injury as a result of someone else’s work activity)

Most fatalities were men — 158 in total. There were 17 fatalities of women (including 11 bystanders) and sex was unknown for 2 other fatalities.

Four industries accounted for seven out of every ten notified work-related fatalities — 26% of fatalities occurred at a workplace primarily engaged in Agriculture, forestry & fishing; 18% in Construction; 15% in Transport & storage; and 9% in Mining.

The most common causes of the fatalities were Vehicle accidents (54 fatalities); Being hit by moving objects (34 fatalities); Falls from a height (20 fatalities); Being hit by falling objects (16 fatalities); and Drowning/immersion (14 fatalities).

One-quarter (25%) of all notified worker fatalities of known age were aged 55 years or older.

 

 

 

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