Occupations heat maps

In the case of the 2013 planning cycle, the occupations harm index was produced based on the below structure. The heat map provides a visual representation of relative risk by occupation.

Versions of the heat map produced for priority industries provide specific detail of the occupations driving the overall risk level within the industry.

Industry and occupation heat maps
Industry (ANZSIC 2006) Occupation level (ANZSCO 2006)
All industries 1 to 3 digit level
Priority industries including:
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Transport
  • Rural
1 to 2 digit level

All industries

Broad occupation groupings

This following analysis highlights the degree of harm across broad occupation groupings.

The index that is applied identifies five levels of harm. The top 20 per cent of each occupation group is identified as red (serious harm), second highest 20 per cent as orange (medium harm); the third 20 per cent as orange (medium harm); the fourth 20 per cent as yellow (medium-low harm) and the lowest 20 per cent of occupations as green (low harm).

The following legend shows the five harm levels and the corresponding shading:

Legend to heat maps and harm levels
Harm level: 1 - green Low harm 2 - yellow Medium-low harm 3 - orange Medium harm 4 - dark orange Medium-high harm 5 - red High harm
Heat map - All industries - Occupations
Occupation – ANZSCO 1 Digit Harm level
Managers 2
Professionals 2
Technicians and trades workers 3
Community and personal service workers 3
Clerical and administrative workers 2
Sales workers 2
Machinery operators and drivers 4
Labourers 4

The above heat map identifies the industries that demonstrated high index values and a large number of claims. Chief among these are:

  • labourers
  • machinery operators and drivers
  • technicians and trades workers
  • community and personal service workers.

Labourers

Heat map - All industries - Labourers
  Harm level
Cleaners and laundry workers 3
Cleaners and laundry workers 3
Construction and mining labourers 5
Construction and mining labourers 5
Factory process workers 5
Food process workers 5
Packers and product assemblers 3
Miscellaneous factory process workers 5
Farm, forestry and garden workers 4
Farm, forestry and garden workers 4
Food preparation assistants 3
Food preparation assistants 3
Other labourers 5
Freight handlers and shelf fillers 4
Miscellaneous labourers 5

The occupation group of labourers showed the highest harm value of all occupation groups.

The occupation sub-groups which recorded exceptionally high index values included:

  • miscellaneous labourers
  • miscellaneous factory process workers
  • food process workers
  • construction and mining labourers.

Machinery operators and drivers

Heat map - All industries - Machinery operators and drivers
  Harm level
Machine and stationary plant operators 4
Machine operators 4
Stationary plant operators 4
Mobile plant operators 4
Mobile plant operators 4
Road and rail drivers 4
Automobile, bus and rail drivers 4
Delivery drivers 4
Truck drivers 5
Storepersons 4
Storepersons 4

Machinery operators and drivers, on average, demonstrated the second-highest harm of all occupation groups.

Machinery operators and drivers were comprised mainly of medium-high harm industries.

In particular, truck drivers were high-harm and contributed to slightly less than one quarter of finalised claims made by machinery operators and drivers.

Technicians and trades workers

Heat map - All industries - Technicians and trades workers
  Harm level
Engineering, ICT and science technicians 2
Agricultural, medical and science technicians 2
Building and engineering technicians 2
ICT and telecommunications technicians 1
Automotive and engineering trades workers 4
Automotive electricians and mechanics 3
Fabrication engineering trades workers 4
Mechanical engineering trades workers 3
Panelbeaters, and vehicle body builders, trimmers and painters 3
Construction trades workers 4
Bricklayers, and carpenters and joiners 4
Floor finishers and painting trades workers 3
Glaziers, plasterers and tilers 4
Plumbers 4
Electrotechnology and telecommunications trades workers 3
Electricians 3
Electronics and telecommunications trades workers 3
Food trades workers 3
Food trades workers 3
Skilled animal and horticultural workers 4
Animal attendants and trainers, and shearers 4
Horticultural trades workers 4
Other technicians and trades workers 3
Hairdressers 1
Printing trades workers 3
Textile, clothing and footwear trades workers 2
Wood trades workers 3
Miscellaneous technicians and trades workers 3

Technicians and trades workers are comprised of a combination of medium-high harm and medium-low harm occupations.

Notably, technicians and trades workers contributed slightly over one fifth to claims made by all occupation groups.

Occupations within technicians and trades workers that showed medium-high harm and a notable number of finalised claims included:

  • fabrication engineering trades workers
  • bricklayers, and carpenters and joiners.

Community and personal service workers

Heat map - All industries - Community and personal service workers
  Harm level
Community and personal service workers 3
Health and welfare support workers 4
Health and welfare support workers 4
Carers and aides 3
Child carers 2
Education aides 3
Personal carers and assistants 3
Hospitality workers 2
Hospitality workers 2
Protective service workers 4
Defence Force members, fire fighters and police 4
Prison and security officers 4
Sports and personal service workers 2
Personal service and travel workers 2
Sports and fitness workers 3

Community and personal service workers, on average, were medium harm.

Within Community and personal service workers, occupations that were most risky (i.e. medium-high level harm), and in some cases a notable number of finalised claims included:

  • defence force members, fire fighters and police
  • health and welfare support workers
  • prison and security officers.

Priority industries, all on duty

Broad occupation groupings

This following analysis highlights the degree of harm across broad occupation groupings.

The index that is applied identifies five levels of harm. The top 20 per cent of each occupation group is identified as red (serious harm), second highest 20 per cent as orange (medium harm); the third 20 per cent as orange (medium harm); the fourth 20 per cent as yellow (medium-low harm) and the lowest 20 per cent of occupations as green (low harm).

The following legend shows the five harm levels and the corresponding shading:

Legend to heat maps and harm levels
Harm level: 1 - green Low harm 2 - yellow Medium-low harm 3 - orange Medium harm 4 - dark orange Medium-high harm 5 - red High harm

Manufacturing

Heat map - Priority industries - Manufacturing
  Harm level
Managers 2
Professionals 1
Technicians and trades workers 3
Community and personal service workers 2
Clerical and administrative workers 1
Sales workers 2
Machinery operators and drivers 4
Labourers 5

Manufacturing represented the highest harm of all priority industries.

Of the occupations within manufacturing, labourers and machinery operators and drivers showed high harm and medium-high harm, respectively.

Labourers

Heat map - Priority industries - Manufacturing - Labourers
  Harm level
Cleaners and laundry workers 3
Construction and mining labourers 5
Factory process workers 5
Farm, forestry and garden workers 4
Food preparation assistants 3
Other labourers 5

Within labourers, the following occupations showed high harm:

  • construction and mining labourers
  • factory process workers
  • other labourers.

Factory process workers contributed to approximately one third of claims made by all workers in the manufacturing industry.

Machinery operators and drivers

Heat map - Priority industries - Manufacturing - Machinery operators and drivers
  Harm level
Machine and stationary plant operators 3
Mobile plant operators 4
Road and rail drivers 5
Storepersons 4

Within machinery operators and drivers, road and rail drivers was the only occupation group of high harm.

Despite this, road and rail drivers contributed the smallest number of claims compared to other occupation groups within machinery operators and drivers.

Construction

Heat map - Priority industries - Construction
  Harm level
Managers 1
Professionals 2
Technicians and trades workers 3
Community and personal service workers 5
Clerical and administrative workers 1
Sales workers 2
Machinery operators and drivers 3
Labourers 5

High harm occupations included:

  • community and personal service workers
  • labourers.

However, community and personal service workers contributed to a relatively low number (0.6 per cent) of claims made by workers within the construction industry.

Labourers

Heat map - Priority industries - Construction - Labourers
  Harm level
Cleaners and laundry workers 4
Construction and mining labourers 4
Factory process workers 5
Farm, forestry and garden workers 5
Food preparation assistants N/A*
Other labourers 5

*Less than 10 claims were made by the occupation group.

Within labourers, the occupations showing high harm included:

  • factory process workers
  • farm, forestry and garden workers
  • other labourers.

Compared to other priority industries, farm, forestry and garden workers were high risk only within the construction industry.

Rural

Heat map - Priority industries - Rural
  Harm level
Managers 1
Professionals 3
Technicians and trades workers 3
Community and personal service workers  
Clerical and administrative workers 1
Sales workers 5
Machinery operators and drivers 5
Labourers 3

The rural industry was ranked third highest in terms of harm level in comparison to the other priority industries.

High harm occupations included:

  • sales workers
  • machinery operators and drivers

However, sales workers within the rural industry made only 21 claims.

Machinery operators and drivers

Heat map - Priority industries - Rural - Machinery operators and drivers
  Harm level
Machine and stationary plant operators 2
Mobile plant operators 5
Road and rail drivers 4
Storepersons 5

Within machinery operators and drivers, high harm occupations included:

  • mobile plant operators
  • storepersons.

However, storepersons within the rural industry made only 16 claims.

Labourers

Heat map - Priority industries - Rural - Labourers
  Harm level
Cleaners and laundry workers N/A*
Construction and mining labourers N/A*
Factory process workers 2
Farm, forestry and garden workers 3
Food preparation assistants N/A*
Other labourers 5

*Less than 10 claims were made by the occupation group

Labourers were of medium-high risk and contributed to over half (55.4 per cent) of finalised claims made by rural workers.

Within labourers, other labourers was the only occupation group of high risk.

Transport

Heat map - Priority industries - Transport
  Harm level
Managers 2
Professionals 2
Technicians and trades workers 2
Community and personal service workers 2
Clerical and administrative workers 1
Sales workers 1
Machinery operators and drivers 3
Labourers 5

The transport industry overall showed the lowest harm compared to other priority industries.

Labourers were the only occupation that showed high harm.

Labourers

Heat map - Priority industries - Transport - Labourers
  Harm level
Cleaners and laundry workers 3
Construction and mining labourers 5
Factory process workers 2
Farm, forestry and garden workers N/A*
Food preparation assistants 2
Other labourers 5

*Less than 10 claims were made by the occupation group

Within labourers, the following occupations showed high harm:

  • construction and mining labourers
  • other labourers.

Serious on duty claims (Five days or more off work)

Broad occupation groupings

This following analysis highlights the degree of harm across broad occupation groupings.

The index that is applied identifies five levels of harm. The top 20 per cent of each occupation group is identified as red (serious harm), second highest 20 per cent as orange (medium harm); the third 20 per cent as orange (medium harm); the fourth 20 per cent as yellow (medium-low harm) and the lowest 20 per cent of occupations as green (low harm).

The following legend shows the five harm levels and the corresponding shading:

Legend to heat maps and harm levels
Harm level: 1 - green Low harm 2 - yellow Medium-low harm 3 - orange Medium harm 4 - dark orange Medium-high harm 5 - red High harm

All industries

Heat map - Serious on duty claims - All industries
  Harm level
Managers 2
Professionals 2
Technicians and trades workers 3
Community and personal service workers 3
Clerical and administrative workers 1
Sales workers 2
Machinery operators and drivers 4
Labourers 4

The following occupations were medium-high harm:

  • machinery operators and drivers
  • labourers.

Machinery operators and drivers

Heat map - Serious on duty claims - All industries - Machinery operators and drivers
  Harm level
Machine and stationary plant operators 4
Machine operators 4
Stationary plant operators 4
Mobile plant operators 4
Mobile plant operators 4
Road and rail drivers 4
Automobile, bus and rail drivers 4
Delivery drivers 4
Truck drivers 5
Storepersons 4
Storepersons 4

Within machinery operators and drivers, truck drivers were the only occupation of high harm, with all other occupations exhibiting medium-high harm.

Labourers

Heat map - Serious on duty claims - All industries - Labourers
  Harm level
Cleaners and laundry workers 3
Cleaners and laundry workers 3
Construction and mining labourers 5
Construction and mining labourers 5
Factory process workers 5
Food process workers 5
Packers and product assemblers 3
Miscellaneous factory process workers 5
Farm, forestry and garden workers 4
Farm, forestry and garden workers 4
Food preparation assistants 3
Food preparation assistants 3
Other labourers 5
Freight handlers and shelf fillers 3
Miscellaneous labourers 5

High harm occupations within Labourers included:

  • construction and mining labourers
  • food process workers
  • miscellaneous factory process workers
  • miscellaneous labourers.

Manufacturing

Heat map - Serious on duty claims - Manufacturing
  Harm level
Managers 1
Professionals 1
Technicians and trades workers 3
Community and personal service workers  
Clerical and administrative workers 1
Sales workers 2
Machinery operators and drivers 4
Labourers 5

The harm level overall for the manufacturing industry was the highest in comparison to all priority industries.

Labourers were the only occupation group that showed high harm.

Labourers

Heat map - Serious on duty claims - Manufacturing - Labourers
  Harm level
Cleaners and laundry workers 3
Construction and mining labourers 5
Factory process workers 5
Farm, forestry and garden workers 4
Food preparation assistants 3
Other labourers 5

High harm occupations within labourers included:

  • construction and mining labourers
  • factory process workers
  • other labourers.

Rural

Heat map - Serious on duty claims - Rural
  Harm level
Managers 1
Professionals 3
Technicians and trades workers 3
Community and personal service workers  
Clerical and administrative workers 1
Sales workers 5
Machinery operators and drivers 5
Labourers 3

The rural industry showed the second-highest level of harm overall, compared to other priority industries.

High harm occupations included:

  • sales workers
  • machinery operators and drivers.

However, sales workers made only 13 serious claims.

Machinery operators and drivers

Heat map - Serious on duty claims - Rural - Machinery operators and drivers
  Harm level
Machine and stationary plant operators N/A*
Mobile plant operators 5
Road and rail drivers 4
Storepersons 5

*Less than 10 serious claims were made by the occupation.

High harm occupations included:

  • mobile plant operators
  • storepersons

However, storepersons made only 10 serious claims.

Labourers

Heat map - Serious on duty claims - Rural - Labourers
  Harm level
Cleaners and laundry workers N/A*
Construction and mining labourers N/A*
Factory process workers 2
Farm, forestry and garden workers 3
Food preparation assistants N/A*
Other labourers 5

*Less than 10 serious claims were made by the occupation.

While labourers showed medium harm overall, the occupation contributed well over half of claims made by the rural industry (57.4 per cent).

The number of claims was driven by farm, forestry and garden workers.

Other labourers were high harm however; the occupation contributed slightly over 10 per cent to the number of claims made by the industry.

Construction

Heat map - Serious on duty claims - Construction
  Harm level
Managers 1
Professionals 1
Technicians and trades workers 3
Community and personal service workers 4
Clerical and administrative workers 1
Sales workers N/A*
Machinery operators and drivers 3
Labourers 4

*Less than 10 serious claims were made by the occupation.

The construction industry showed the third-highest level of harm overall, compared to other priority industries.

Occupations of medium-high harm included:

  • community and personal service workers
  • labourers

However, community and personal service workers made only 21 serious claims.

Labourers

Heat map - Serious on duty claims - Transport - Labourers
  Harm level
Cleaners and laundry workers 4
Construction and mining labourers 4
Factory process workers 5
Farm, forestry and garden workers 5
Food preparation assistants N/A*
Other labourers 5

*Less than 10 serious claims were made by the occupation.

Within labourers in the construction sector, the high harm occupations were:

  • factory process workers
  • farm, forestry and garden workers
  • other labourers.

Transport

Heat map - Serious on duty claims - Transport
  Harm level
Managers 2
Professionals 2
Technicians and trades workers 3
Community and personal service workers 3
Clerical and administrative workers 1
Sales workers 1
Machinery operators and drivers 4
Labourers 5

The transport industry showed the least harm in comparison to all other priority industries.

Labourers showed the highest harm, followed by machinery operators and drivers (medium-high harm).

Labourers

Heat map - Serious on duty claims - Transport - Labourers
  Harm level
Cleaners and laundry workers 4
Construction and mining labourers 5
Factory process workers N/A*
Farm, forestry and garden workers N/A*
Food preparation assistants N/A*
Other labourers 5

*Less than 10 serious claims were made by the occupation.

Construction and mining labourers and other labourers were high harm occupations.

Machinery operators and drivers

Heat map - Serious on duty claims - Transport - Machinery operators and drivers
  Harm level
Machine and stationary plant operators 4
Mobile plant operators 4
Road and rail drivers 5
Storepersons 3

Road and rail drivers were high harm and contributed to slightly under half of the total number of serious claims made by the industry.

On duty road traffic accidents

Broad occupation groupings

This following analysis highlights the degree of harm across broad occupation groupings.

The index that is applied identifies five levels of harm. The top 20 per cent of each occupation group is identified as red (serious harm), second highest 20 per cent as orange (medium harm); the third 20 per cent as orange (medium harm); the fourth 20 per cent as yellow (medium-low harm) and the lowest 20 per cent of occupations as green (low harm).

The following legend shows the five harm levels and the corresponding shading:

Legend to heat maps and harm levels
Harm level: 1 - green Low harm 2 - yellow Medium-low harm 3 - orange Medium harm 4 - dark orange Medium-high harm 5 - red High harm

All industries

Heat map - On duty road traffic accidents - All industries
  Harm level
Managers 2
Professionals 3
Technicians and trades workers 3
Community and personal service workers 3
Clerical and administrative workers 3
Sales workers 3
Machinery operators and drivers 4
Labourers 3

The highest harm shown by an occupation groups (medium-high harm) was machinery operators and drivers.

Machinery operators and drivers

Heat map - On duty road traffic accidents - All industries - Machinery operators and drivers
  Harm level
Machine and stationary plant operators N/A*
Machine operators N/A*
Stationary plant operators N/A*
Mobile plant operators 3
Mobile plant operators 3
Road and rail drivers 5
Automobile, bus and rail drivers 3
Delivery drivers 5
Truck drivers 5
Storepersons N/A*
Storepersons N/A*

*Less than 10 claims were made by the occupation group.

All the occupations showing high harm were concentrated within road and rail drivers. In particular, these included delivery drivers and truck drivers.

Truck drivers contributed the highest number of on duty road traffic claims in comparison to all occupations.

Transport, construction and manufacturing industries

Road rail drivers

Heat map - On duty road traffic accidents - Transport, construction and manufacturing industries - Road rail drivers
  Harm level
Machine and stationary plant operators N/A*
Mobile plant operators N/A*
Road and rail drivers 5
Storepersons 5

*Less than 10 claims were made by the occupation group.

Road and rail drivers was the only occupation group that was high harm for the transport, construction and manufacturing industries.

Rural

The total number of finalised claims for on-duty road traffic accidents was below the threshold of 10 claims.

Last updated
28 August 2019