Education and Training industry snapshot 2017

The workforce

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

  • Preschool education
  • School education
  • Tertiary education
  • Adult, community and other education
  • Edcutional support services

9% of the total Tasmanian workforce

70% work full time

76% of workers are aged 35 and over

The injuries

586 injuries across the industry in 2017

32% of injuries in the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

6 serious injuries per million hours worked, 24% lower than the state average of 7.9

32% decrease in serious injury frequency rate from 2010 peak

The people

School education had the highest serious injury frequency rate

Occupations with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 36% School teachers
  • 21% Cleaners and laundry workers
  • 12% Education aides

Workers aged 45 and over report a higher serious injury frequency rate than their younger counterparts

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Mental stress

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
  • Mental health conditions