Occupational Disease Fatalities

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Allowed Occupational Disease Fatalities by Entitlement Year

Workers who died of a work-related disease or condition are considered occupational disease fatalities.  In 2016, 70 fatality claims were allowed for workers who lost their lives due to an occupational disease within Schedule 2.

Over the past 10 years, occupational disease fatalities predominantly occurred among males. During this period, more than 24 per cent of occupational disease deaths were caused by mesothelioma.


Over the 10-year period from 2007 to 2016, the following disease types and gender accounted for the highest occupational disease fatality percentages:

  • Diseases: Mesothelioma (24%), Lung Cancer (15%), Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphomas (7%), Esophageal Cancer (7%)
  • Gender: Males (97%)