Gladstone is filled with most dangerous jobs

IF you're a transport or storage worker you officially have the most dangerous jobs in Australia.

With 65 deaths on the job, almost one-third of all workplace fatalities occur in transport and storage.

In addition, more than 8450 serious injury compensation claims were made by workers in these industries in 2012.


Research compiled by, listed agriculture, forestry and fishing as the second most dangerous industries with 53 fatalities and 3815 serious injury claims.

In third place construction workers hold the third most dangerous jobs, killing 30 Australians and wounding 12,485 for the year.

Michelle Hutchison, money expert at, said that the list showed that some jobs were more dangerous than expected, and workers should plan for the worst, no matter their profession.

"Many Australian workers have to drive vehicles or lift things as part of their job, and they may not realise how dangerous their work can be," she said.

"The most common serious claim for all industries was muscular stress while lifting, carrying or putting down objects, and the most common fatality was vehicle incidents.

"If you work in any of these industries on the list, you are even more likely to be killed or suffer a serious injury while on the job so you need to take extreme caution while at work and have a worst-case scenario plan in place."

IN DEEP: Warren Harris and Smiley with fisherman Chris Ellis on board trout boat Karen-Ann.
IN DEEP: Warren Harris and Smiley with fisherman Chris Ellis on board trout boat Karen-Ann.

Fishing not so bad, despite the danger

SMILEY could just be the happiest man in the world, despite having a dangerous job.

"Isn't it every man's dream to go fishing all day and get paid for it?" he said.

Having been a fisherman for more than 20 years Smiley reckons he's "seen it all".

"I've even watched a guy taking a leak over the deck get thrown in," he said.

"You gotta be smart to avoid getting hurt."

Warren Harris is Smiley's boss and the captain of Karen-Ann, a coral trout fishing boat with six dorymen who fish with handlines from individual boats.

They sail 18-24 hours north-east of Gladstone to the Swains and stay for 2-3 weeks.

According to the report, commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, given the tough working conditions experienced out at sea.

This industry came in at second place on the list, with 3815 serious injuries and 53 deaths for the year.

They are more likely to die from being hit by an animal, drowning and heat exposure than any other industry on the list.

Electrician Tyrone Cutuli.
Electrician Tyrone Cutuli.

Fatigue a danger for electrician

IMAGINE having to work with something dangerous but it's invisible.

Electrician Tyrone Cutuli (pictured) does it every day.

"It seems dangerous but once you get used it, it doesn't worry you," he said.

Mr Cutuli said although it shouldn't happen, electricians could get shocked.

"I've been shocked a bunch of times when I was a kid and while working," he said.

"It's the worst thing in the world and it varies depending on how you get hit. No matter what they say, you never get used to it."

He said being tired or doing things too quickly was the biggest risk for accidents.

"It's not part of the job, but if you are rushing it's easy to get shocked."

Apprentices aren't allowed anywhere near the current until Mr Cutuli is 100% sure they know how to be safe.

"It's definitely a long time to work out what is and isn't safe," he said.

Rule 101 is don't ever take anyone's word that something is dead, he said.

"If someone tells you the power is off, test it anyway," he said.

There were 530 serious injuries recorded in the electrical, gas, water and waste industry. Over one in three (35%) of which were from muscle strain, while 15% of injuries were from falling over.

Working in often confined or high spaces and outdoors, these people are more likely to be killed by animal bites and trapped between object than any other industry on the list.

Top 10 most dangerous jobs

1. Transport and storage

2. Agriculture, forestry and fishing

3. Construction

4. Manufacturing

5. Public/government administration, safety, and defence

6. Mining

7. Retail trade

8. Professional, scientific and technical services

9. Wholesale trade

10. Electricity, gas, water and waste services

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