Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry snapshot 2017

The workforce

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

  • Architectural, Engineering and Technical Services
  • Computer System Design and Related Services
  • Management and Related Consulting Services
  • Scientific Research Services
  • Other Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Market Research and Statistical Services
  • Advertising Services
  • Legal and Accounting Services
  • Veterinary Services

5% of the total Tasmanian workforce

78% work full time

27% of workers aged 35-44, lower proportion of workers under 35 than the state average.

The injuries

106 injuries across the industry in 2017

33% of injuries over the last ten years resulted in at least one week of work

3.7 serious injuries per million hours work, 66% lower than the state average of 7.9

27% lower serious injury frequency rate in 2017 than ten years ago

The people

55-64 year olds reported the highest serious injury frequency rate

Occupation with the Highest Percentage of Serious Injuries

  • 14% Miscellaneous Labourers
  • 6% Animal Attendants and Trainers
  • 6% General Clerks

The majority of injured employees worked in Management and Related Consulting Services

The causes

The most common causes of the 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
  • Mental health conditions
  • Slips, trips and falls