Sladen Snippet – Safe Work Health and Safety Statistics

Safe Work Australia has released key statistics on work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities. While the report shows a downward trend in both worker fatalities and in the rates of serious injury over the period 2003 to 2013, the total number of serious workers’ compensation claims (117,815 in 2012-13) and worker fatalities (196 in 2013) are significant. The report also highlights that:

  • The agriculture, forestry and fishing industry remains a poor safety performer recording both the highest serious injury rates and workplace fatalities (followed closely by the transport, postal and warehousing industry).
  • Most work-related fatalities occur as a result of vehicle incidents.
  • Labourers account for the greatest number of serious injury claims.

Access the full report.

If you would like to discuss these statistics, or for further information on employment, industrial relations and OH&S, please contact:

Louise Houlihan
Sladen Legal
03 9611 0144


Joanna Bandara
Sladen Legal
03 9611 0196