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About the Construction Industry

Did you know? 

So many people are killed every year on construction sites that it is considered a high risk industry?

Here are some figures for reported work related incidents for the past 5 years in Construction in Tasmania.

Workers Compensation claims

  • Total of 4089 claims
  • Total cost of approximately $54 million
  • Average cost per claim is $13,168.00

Most common workplace hazard giving rise to claims

  • Body stressing (by lifting, pushing, pulling)
  • Being hit by objects
  • Slips, trips and falls 

Most common injuries

  • Joint/ligament/muscle
  • Wounds/lacerations/amputations 

Working groups most affected

  • technicians
  • trade workers
  • labourers
  • machine operators and drivers 

Workers compensation claim trends in the construction industry for the period 2009 to 2013.

Graph showing total workers compensation claims and lost time count in the construction industry for the period 2009 to 2013. 

Construction sites are always changing. A site that is safe one day may not be safe the next. The construction industry is one of the most dangerous to work in, so you need to pay attention all the time.

This information should be read in conjunction with the Code of Practice Model, Construction Work, available from the WorkSafe Tasmania website - www.worksafe.tas.gov.au