Media Release

One death every three weeks in the construction industry

  • 12 construction workers have died so far in 2014
  • 35 Australian tradies injured every day
  • lifeinsurancefinder.com.au urges construction workers to insure for the worst

August 14, 2014, SYDNEY – One of Australia’s biggest comparison websites lifeinsurancefinder.com.au is urging tradies to look after their health and consider life insurance, following alarming death and injury rates within the building industry.

According to the latest Safe Work Australia data released this week (August 12, 2014) and analysed by lifeinsurancefinder.com.au, 12 construction workers were killed at work this year, between January 1, 2014 and August 12, 2014. That’s about one death every three weeks.

A total of 110 workplace fatalities were recorded so far this year, of which more than one in 10 have been construction workers.

The death toll for construction workers was the third highest under transport, postal and warehousing (41), and agriculture, forestry and fishing (27).

Michelle Hutchison, Money Expert for lifeinsurancefinder.com.au, said August is Tradies National Health Month and a timely reminder for laborers to think about their health and safety.

“Another Safe Work Australia report released earlier this year (March 2014) showed there were 12,985 serious construction worker compensation claims in 2010-11, that’s over 35 serious injuries every day.

“With almost a million construction workers in Australia, having adequate death cover and income protection insurance should be high on the agenda. This is particularly important for people with children, debts and other big expenses,” she said.

Income protection insurance provides injured or sick workers with an ongoing benefit payment – usually 75 percent of a workers’ regular income – and can also provide additional payments to cover things such as rehabilitation costs.

“While workers compensation insurance provided to injured workers by Work Cover will provide some level of protection, however the tailored cover that is given from a comprehensive income protection plan will ensure they are protected from both illness and injury at both work and at home.”

Alarmingly, construction workers are six-times more likely to die by suicide than through a workplace accident, according to charity group Mates in Construction (owned by the Australian Building and Construction Industry).

“Suicide in the construction industry is a serious concern and it’s great to see initiatives like Tradies National Health Month and Mates in Construction supporting these workers and raising awareness about mental health and safety.

“We encourage tradies and their families to get involved with the Tradies National Health Month, and seek help and advice on mental illness and workplace safety. Construction workers, you should consider protecting yourself with life insurance cover and take care to look after yourself and your fellow workers.”

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