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Work-related injuries killed 195 workers last year

Last year, 195 workers died from injuries received at work, according to Safe Work Australia’s latest Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities report.

The report highlights a positive downward trend in the worker fatality rate with 1.6 fatalities per 100,000 workers recorded in 2015 – the lowest rate since the report series began in 2003.

“The report provides statistics about people who die each year at work,” said Safe Work Australia CEO Michelle Baxter.

“This includes fatalities resulting from an injury at work, and as a bystander resulting from someone else’s work.”

In 2015, male workers accounted for 96 per cent of fatalities while almost 60 per cent of work-related fatalities involved vehicles.

Almost half of worker fatalities occurred in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry (52 fatalities) or the transport, postal and warehousing industry (40 fatalities).

There were 10 fatalities in the mining industry last year.

Read the full report here.

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