Administrative and Support Services industry snapshot 2017

The workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into five groups

  • Building cleaning, pest control and gardening services
  • Employment services
  • Travel agency and tour arrangement services
  • Packaging services
  • Other administrative services

3% of the total Tasmanian workforce

46% work full time

42% of workers aged under 35 years, slightly higher than the state average of 37%

The injuries

228 injuries across the industry in 2017

42% of injuries in the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

11 serious injuries per million hours worked

Third highest of all injuries and 39% higher than the state average of 7.9

Serious injury frequency rate has been above state average each year for the last ten years

The people

Workers under 34 years old reported the highest serious injury frequency rates

Occupations with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 35% Miscellaneous labourers
  • 21% Cleaners and laundry workers

65% of serious injuries were reported by Employment Services

The highest serious injury frequency rate occurred in Building Cleaning, Pest Cotnrol and Gardening Services

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Being hit by moving objects

Action areas

Priority conditions and causes identified in the WorkSafe Strategic Plan 2018-2023 relevant to the industry:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Hazardous manual tasks

Slips, trips and falls