Construction industry snapshot 2017

The workforce

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

  • Residential building construction
  • Non-residential building construction
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Other construction services
  • Land development and site preparation services
  • Building structure services
  • Building installation services
  • Building completion services

7% of the total Tasmanian workforce

88% of workers are employed full time

Half the workforce is under 35 years old

The injuries

665 injuries across the industry group in 2017

37% of injuries over the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

30% decrease in serious injury frequency rate in the last ten years

Compares to an 18% decrease in serious injury frequency rate statewide

8 serious injuries per million hours worked, close to the state average of 7.9

The people

Occupations with the Highest Percentage of Serious Injuries

  • 22% Bricklayers, carpenters and joiners
  • 13% Miscellaneous labourers
  • 12% Construction and mining labourers

Workers aged 55-64 had the highest serious injury frequency rate

Non-residential construction had the highest serious injury frequency rate with 39 serious injuries per million hours worked

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 task
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Safe movement of vehicles and plant
  • Asbestos related diseases