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Retail Trade industry snapshot 2019

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

10% of the total Tasmanian workforce

46% of workers are employed full time

1 in 3 aged under 25

The injuries

540 injuries across the industry group in 2019

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

6.8 serious injuries per million hours worked, 25% lower than the state average of 9.1

Serious injury frequency rate increased 9% over the last ten years, while state average decreased 9% over the same period

The people

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

Motor vehicle parts and tyre retail had the highest serious injury frequency rates despite a low number of claims

30% of serious injuries occurred in Supermarket and grocery stores

Occupations with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 42% Sales assistant and salespersons
  • 12% Storepersons

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Being hit by moving objects
  • Hitting objects with a part of the body

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
Updated: 1st July 2020