Latest estimates show that annually over 600,000 workers sustain an injury at work and over 1.2 million workers suffer a work-related illness that they believe to be work-related. However, these illness and injury cases are not shared equally across industry, with work-related injury and ill health 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.
1 Industry groupings based on 2007 Standard Industrial Classification.
2 Injury rates based on annual average estimates for 2012/13-2014/15. Illness rates based on annual average estimates for 2011/12, 2013/14, 2014/15.
3 Restricted to injuries/ill health in current or most recent.
4 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.
* No estimate available
Figures in italics are based on fewer than 30 sample cases