Occupational Disease Fatalities

Occupational disease fatalities by entitlement year

People who died of a work-related illness or condition are known as occupational disease fatalities. Over the past 10 years, occupational disease fatalities were mostly among men, with a large number in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

In 2018, 212 fatality claims were allowed for people who lost their lives from occupational disease and worked for Schedule 1 employers.


From 2009 to 2018, the following industry sectors, age groups and gender had the highest occupational disease fatality percentages:

  • Age group: 65+ (65%), 60 to 64 (12%), 55 to 59 (9%)
  • Industry sectors: Construction (28%), Manufacturing (19%), Primary metals (12%)
  • Gender: Men (97%)