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.
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