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Key 2020-21 NT Work Health and Safety statistics published

Dec 7th 2021

Key 2020-21 NT Work Health and Safety statistics published

NT's Work Health and Safety Regulator has published the 2020-21 key work health and safety statistics for the State. The statistics provide information on compensation claims made by workers in the Northern Territory, including information on workplace deaths reported during that period currently under probe.

According to the statistics, 2392 workers compensation claims were made during this period, with 31.7% of all the claims being serious injuries.

The figures show more than 7600 weeks were lost during this period

The 2020-21 key work health and safety statistics show that Health and Community Services, Construction, Government Administration and Defence, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing and Retail Trade were the top five industries with the highest proportion of serious injuries. NT WorkSafe has also published the key statistics for these five industries on the statistics section of its website.

According to the statistics, body stressing, being hit by moving objects, and falls, trips and slips of a person were the main causes of serious injuries.

There were seven work-related fatalities, including four workers and three bystanders, according to the NT WorkSafe data.

Workplace death toll mounts in 2021

Figures from Safe Work Australia show 122 Australian workers have been killed at work so far this year, with the Transport, postal & warehousing industry leading with 41 workplace deaths. Agriculture, forestry & fishing comes second with 22 deaths so far this year. Construction with 18 work-related deaths comes third, according to the figures.

Safe Work Australia’s latest figures indicate that 12 workers in the manufacturing industry have so far lost their lives this year, while the mining industry has lost seven workers.

Other industries that have seen fatalities this year include arts & recreation services- 5 fatalities, public administration & safety - 5 fatalities and electricity, gas, water & waste services – 3 fatalities.

Other services and Retail each have two fatalities, while Accommodation & food services, Administrative & support services, Education & Training, Health care & social assistance and Wholesale trade each have one fatality.

According to Safe Work Australia, four industries have so far recorded no fatalities. These include Rental, hiring & real estate services, Professional, scientific & technical services, Information media & telecommunications and Financial & insurance services.

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