Workplace deaths increase for the first time in more than a decade - 19.10.20

The rate of fatal workplace injuries has increased for the first time since 2007, according to recent Safe Work Australia figures.

The figures show 183 workers died during 2019, 38 more than in 2018, with the biggest increases coming in transport (58 compared to 38) and across NSW (61 compared to 47).

The rate of claims through workers’ compensation for serious injuries also increased in agriculture, manufacturing, transport, and logistics as well as health, community, and personal services.

ACTU Assistant Secretary Liam O’Brien said every worker has the right to go to work and come home safe. “Every death at work is preventable.”

Source: OHS News