Australia’s most dangerous jobs for 2018

This year’s riskiest industries face more emerging risks thanks to Australians’ love for online shopping

Australia’s most dangerous jobs for 2018

Insurance News

By Mina Martin

Every profession comes with inherent risks, and it’s important that people safeguard themselves from the dangers of their job, including by taking up adequate insurance cover. But just what professions are Australia’s most dangerous?

Latest statistics from SafeWork Australia found transport, postal services, and warehousing as the riskiest industries to work in, with a total of 29 deaths logged this year to date. This is followed by last year’s top ranker, agriculture, forestry, and fishing, with 27 deaths so far, then construction, with 19.

Alarmingly, the spike in deaths in the transport, postal services, and warehousing industries appears to correlate with the increasing popularity of online shopping across e-commerce platforms such as eBay, Etsy, and Amazon, reported.

According to a recent Australia Post report, Australians spent $21bn on online shopping last year, up by 18.7% from the previous year. It also found that one in five online purchases were made via a mobile device, with payment services, such as Afterpay, raking in more than 1.5 million customers.

“As the demand for the ‘to-your-door’ marketplace continues to grow, so will that workforce and the risk inherent with packing, posting, and storing for these employers,” said Bessie Hassan, insurance expert from comparison site “We’ve created a risk score for the past several years measuring injuries and fatalities by industry and transport, postal, and warehousing has been one of the top two most deadly since the outset per 100,000 workers.”

Completing the list of Australia’s most dangerous jobs were manufacturing, with seven deaths, mining, with five, two in both electricity, gas, water, and waste services and wholesale trade industries, and one each in administrative and support services, arts and recreation services, public administration and safety, and rental, hiring, and real estate services, reported.

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