Every year in Australia around 440 fatalities occur through workplace accidents (more than 8 per week).
Australia is generally a poor performer in relation to workplace tragedies compared to other industrialised countries. For example, in 1999, for every 70 workers killed at work in Australia, the corresponding number in the USA was 53, and in the UK it was 14.
Diseases such as cancer and asbestos-related illnesses cause an estimated 2,300 additional deaths – perhaps more – bringing a total of approximately 50 work-related deaths per week. Road accidents, in comparison, claim about 30 lives per week.
It is estimated that health and safety failures at work cost Australia at least $20 billion per year in lost production, treatment of injuries and illnesses and rehabilitation and compensation for those injured or made sick by their work.
However, the ongoing personal and economic costs to those injured, made ill or bereaved is immeasurable.
The Workplace Tragedy Family Support Group aims to
provide comfort and support to those left behind following these