Mining industry snapshot 2017

The workforce

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

  • Coal mining
  • Oil and gas extraction
  • Metal ore mining
  • Construction material mining
  • Other non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying
  • Exploration
  • Other mining support services

1% of the total Tasmanian workforce

96% work full time

46% of workers are aged between 35 and 54

The injuries

59 injuries across the industry in 2017

23% of injuries in the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

3 serious injuries per million hours worked, 62% lower than the state average of 7.9

65% decrease in serious injury frequency rate in the last ten years

Increasingly lower than the state average

The people

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

Occupation groups with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 39% Stationary plant operators
  • 13% Construction and mining labourers
  • 10% Mechanical engineering trades workers

Construction material mining had the highest serious injury frequency rate

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Being hit by moving objects
  • 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
  • Safe movement of vehicles and plant
  • Mental health conditions