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07 Nov 2013

Crashes claim more lives

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A greater proportion of workers are killed in vehicle collisions than in other work-related incidents, says the latest workplace fatality figures.

Of the 223 workers killed in 2012, 39 per cent died in vehicle collisions, says Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2012.

Vehicles were also involved in a majority of the incidents in which workers were killed when hit by a moving object. This accounted for 10 per cent of worker deaths.

A further 3 per cent were killed when hit by a moving object but without a vehicle being involved.

Falling from a height accounted for another 13 per cent of workers killed on the job.

Being hit by a falling object caused the death of 12 per cent of workers.

The remaining 23 per cent of fatalities were due to a number of causes, including being trapped between stationary and moving objects, contact with electricity and rollover of a non-road vehicle.

The transport, postal and warehousing industry recorded the highest proportion of deaths among all industries (29 per cent).

The road freight sector recorded a death rate 15 times the all industries rate, the study said.

For more details, see the report .

Published on 7 November 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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