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Work-related incidents have claimed another 15 lives, including 12 male workers, two male bystanders, and one female bystander, according to the latest Safe Work Australia data.

A total of 87 people have been killed in work-related incidents in the first half of 2015, says the Notifiable Fatalities June 2015 Monthly Report.

Of the 15 incidents in June, three workers each died in vehicle incidents on a public road, vehicle accident in another context, and by being hit by a falling object. Two were killed in crushing incidents. Other individuals were killed due to falling from a height, an air crash, being trapped in machinery, and as a pedestrian hit by vehicle on a public road.

Six of these fatalities occurred in transport, postal and warehousing workplaces and five in agriculture, forestry and fishing. The other fatalities occurred in construction, manufacturing, and electricity, gas, water and waste services workplaces.

For more details, visit the report

Published on 22 October 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.

Another nine people have been killed at work, according to the latest Safe Work Australia notifiable fatalities report.

The nine people were all male workers, who died in April 2015. This is six fewer deaths than the 15 fatalities recorded in March.

Three of the fatalities were due to crushing and two involved a vehicle incident (not on a public road). The other four fatalities were due to drowning, being hit by an unattended vehicle (on a public road), explosion and electrocution.

The report notes that two fatalities each occurred in the following industries: agriculture, forestry and fishing; electricity, gas, water and waste services; and wholesale trade. One fatality each occurred in accommodation and food services; retail trade; and transport, postal and warehousing.

For more details, visit the report

Published on 30 July 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin.

The latest notifiable workplace fatalities report reveals that 16 people were killed at work in November last year.

The November figures reveal that 10 male workers, one female worker, three male bystanders and two female bystanders were killed.

Four of the fatalities involved a road crash, two fatalities each resulted from falls from a height, drowning and crushing. The other six fatalities were due to a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle, being trapped in machinery, being hit by an unattended vehicle, being hit by a falling object, insect and spider bites and stings, and being hit by a moving object other than a vehicle.

So far, total notifiable workplace fatalities for 2014 stand at 213.

For more details, visit the fatality figures.

Published on 12 March 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin.

In a new Safe Work Australia study, 62 per cent of workers reported being exposed to multiple types of hazards.

“On average, workers reported that they were exposed to 2.6 (out of nine examined) hazards,” according to the study titled ‘Exposure to multiple hazards among Australian workers’.

In addition, 20 per cent of workers said they were exposed to at least five hazards.

The nine hazards examined in the study included sun exposure, wet work, high biomechanical demands, high job demands, noise, vibration, biological materials, chemical (dermal) contact and airborne hazards.

“The most common self-reported exposure was to high job demands, followed by exposure to airborne hazards and exposure to chemicals,” says the study.

Workers also noted a lack of access to control measures for the hazards they reported.

The study says working longer hours, being young, working as a labourer, technician or tradesperson, and working in agriculture, forestry and fishing were associated with exposure to multiple hazards.

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Published on 26 February 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin

Another 28 people have died in work-related incidents this year, says the latest notifiable fatalities report from Safe Work Australia.

The deaths occurred in August and included 20 workers and eight bystanders.

Vehicle incidents continued to figure prominently in work-related fatalities, with 13 people dying in vehicle crashes on public roads.

In the other incidents, four people were hit by a falling object, three were hit by a moving object other than a vehicle, two were trapped in machinery, and the remaining six fatalities were due to different types of incidents, including an air crash.

Some industry sectors continue to figure more prominently in workplace deaths than others. Transport, postal and warehousing recorded seven fatalities, followed by construction (six fatalities); electricity, gas, water and waste services (five); agriculture, forestry and fishing (three); manufacturing (two); arts and recreation services (two); administrative and support services (two); and public administration and safety services (one).

For more details, visit the report

Published on 20 November 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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