Occupational Disease Fatalities

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Occupational disease fatalities by entitlement year

People who died of a work-related disease or condition are considered occupational disease fatalities. Over the past 10 years, occupational disease fatalities occurred predominantly among males, with a significant number in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

In 2017, 175 fatality claims were allowed for people under Schedule 1 employers who lost their lives due to an occupational disease.

Over the 10-year period from 2008 to 2017, the following age group, industry sectors, and gender account for the highest occupational disease fatality percentages:

  • Age group: 65+ (62%), 60 to 64 (13%), 50 to 54 (10%)
  • Industry sectors: construction (29%), manufacturing (19%), primary metals (11%)
  • Gender: males (97%)