Trucking 'most dangerous workplace in Aust'

New report exposes poor safety standards in trucking; death rate higher than any other workplace

According to the findings, road and rail transport driving across all industries is the most dangerous occupation, accounting for 78 fatalities or 26 percent of deaths caused from injuries while working.

"This includes 59 truck drivers, who alone comprised 20 percent of the total, and 12 delivery drivers," the report says.

"The highest fatality rates were among road and rail transport drivers (25.1 deaths per 100,000 workers)…"

Furthermore, the 53 truck-related fatalities made up 18 percent all workplace deaths, with motor vehicles accounting for 17 percent (49 deaths).

The next most dangerous profession was farming, with farmers and farm managers accounting for 12.1 deaths per 100,000 workers.

The report’s findings are based on data from compensation claims, occupational health and safety legislation and coronial data.

Of the 453 work-related deaths identified, Safe Work Australia says 295 people died of injuries sustained while working.

Transport and storage, agriculture, forestry and fishing and construction made up 171 of the 295 workplace fatalites.

Most deaths involved road crashes, with the report saying they accounted for 35 percent or 103 fatalities.

The report says 93 workers died commuting to and from work, while there were 65 bystander fatalities.

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