Construction employs approximately 1,180,700 persons in Australia (ABS trend data), which accounts for 9.1 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 14.1 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 37 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,280 per week.
According to Safe Work Australia, the main causes of work-related injuries experienced by workers in the construction industry are:
- body stressing (37%)
- falls, trips and slips (28%)
- hit by moving objects (14%).
Body stressing is the most common mechanism of injury accounting for 37% of serious claims in the construction industry. Almost half (47%) of the serious claims for body stressing were the result of muscular stress while lifting, carrying, or putting down objects. Falls, trips and slips of a person was the second most common mechanism of injury representing 28% of serious claims, most caused by falls on the same level.
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