Health hazards

Injuries in manufacturing are frequently severe and occasionally fatal.

7% of NSW employees are involved in manufacturing and the injury rate (54.5 per 1000 workers) is higher than the state average (28.1 per 1000 workers) costing $558 million over three years.


There were 24 fatalities in the three years between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2016 involving:

  • vehicle incidents
  • being hit by a moving object
  • long term contact with chemicals.


Across the industry, most injuries were:

  • lacerations or open wounds
  • soft tissue injuries due to trauma
  • injuries or diseases affecting the hands, thumbs and fingers
  • upper and lower back injuries or diseases.

And these injuries were caused by:

  • being hit by falling objects
  • musculus stress
  • falls
  • noise.

These injuries resulted in 40,827 workers compensation claims resulting in 218,236 weeks lost work costing $13,669 per claim on average.

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