Trends in work-related fatalities in Australia, 1982 to 1992

T. Driscoll*, R. Mitchell, J. Mandryk, S. Healey, L. Hendrie, B. Hull

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The aim of this study was to examine whether there were any significant changes in the number, rate and circumstances of work-related traumatic deaths over an 11-year period in Australia. The analysis used data from two separate studies of work-related fatalities that occured in Australia, one covering the three years 1982 to 1984 inclusive and the other 1989 to 1992 inclusive. Both studies were based on information from coronial files and used similar study methodologies, including almost identical definitions. The overall rate of workplace deaths declined steadily over the period 1982 to 1992, while the overall rate of work-road deaths also decreased over the same period, but not as smoothly as for workplace deaths. The average rate during the more recent period was 17% lower than the average rate for the first period (5.5 versus 6.7 deaths per 100,000 persons per year). Standardising for changes in industry and occupation distribution suggested that 30-40% of this apparent decline in working deaths was due to workforce changes, rather than to other factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-33
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Coronial files
  • Industries
  • Occupations
  • Work-related fatalities


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