Retail Trade industry snapshot 2017

The workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into 14 groups.

  • Motor Vehicle Retailing
  • Motor Vehicle Parts and Tyre Retailing
  • Fuel Retailing
  • Supermarket and Grocery Stores
  • Specialised Food Retailing
  • Furniture, Floor Coverings, Houseware and Textile Goods Retailing
  • Electrical and Electronic Goods Retailing
  • Hardware, Building and Garden Supplies Retailing
  • Recreational Goods Retailing
  • Clothing, Footwear and Personal Accessory Retailing
  • Department Stores
  • Pharmaceutical and Other Store-Based Retailing
  • Non-Store Retailing
  • Retail Commission-Based Buying and/or Selling

12% of the total Tasmanian workforce

45% of workers are employed full time

50% aged 34 and under

The injuries

604 injuries across the industry group in 2017

34% of injuries over the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

7 serious injuries per million hours worked, 11% lower than the state average of 7.9

Serious injury frequency rate stayed steady over the last ten years, while state average decreased 18% during the same time

The People

45-54 year olds report the highest serious injury frequency rates

Motor Vehicle Parts and Tyre Retail and Non Store Retailing had the highest serious injury frequency rates despite a low number of claims

Occupations with the Highest Percentage of Serious Injuries

  • 8% Storepersons
  • 45% Sales Assistant and Salespersons

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 task
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Mental health conditions