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In 2015/16 an estimated 621,000 workers sustained a non-fatal injury at work and 1.3 million workers were suffering from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by their work.  However the risk of injury and work-related illness varies across industry, being more likely in some industries than others. 

The chart below shows how the overall rates of self-reported workplace injury and work-related illness vary between industry groups. 

Figure 1: Estimated rate of self-reported work-related illness and non-fatal injury by industry1 for people working in the last 12 months

Figure 1: Average annual estimated rate of self-reported work-related illness and non-fatal injury by industry (average of latest 3 years)

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Source: Labour Force Survey, annual average 2013/14 - 2015/16

1 Industry groupings based on 2007 Standard Industrial Classification.
2 Restricted to injuries/ill health in current or most recent job
3 Comparisons for each industry are made against the average rate for all industries combined. Since these estimates are based on results from a survey, they are subject to sampling error - i.e. a range of uncertainty in the estimate arising from the sampling process. The assessment of whether the rate for an individual industry is above or below average takes into account the sampling uncertainty around each estimate.
* Sample numbers are too small to provide reliable estimates.

Figures in italics are based on fewer than 30 sample cases

Updated 2016-10-21