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Issue 384 - 7 November 2013

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Worker Fatalities Update – 140 Australian workers lost to workplace fatalities as at 31 October 2013

23 more worker fatalities have been reported by Safe Work Australia since the last Safe-T-Bulletin update on 26 September and the death toll continues its’ upwards trend. 

The majority of fatalities are from: Agriculture, forestry and fishing (38); Transport, postal and warehousing (32); and Construction (17).

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Safe Work Australia lists worker fatalities by industry for the year to date:

Industry of workplace Worker deaths
year-to-date 2013
Transport, postal & warehousing 32
Agriculture, forestry & fishing 38
Construction 17
Manufacturing 11
Administrative & support services 1
Public administration & safety 5
Arts & recreation services 8
Mining 5
Electricity, gas, water & waste services 5
Education & training 0
Health care & social assistance 2
Other services 3
Retail trade 7
Wholesale trade 3
Information media & telecommunications 1
Accommodation & food services 2
Financial & insurance services 0
Government administration & defence 0
Professional, scientific & technical services 0
Industry unknown 0
Total worker deaths 140


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The number of worker deaths listed Safe Work Australia is based on initial media reports and is only a preliminary estimate for the number of people killed. Work-related status cannot be confirmed until the death is investigated by the appropriate authority. Once this has occurred, it is reported in Safe Work Australia’s Notifiable Fatalities Monthly Reports and Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Reports.

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