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Household maintenance-related deaths in Australia

Released August 2021
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deaths, 2001-2018
deaths per year on average
of deaths due to falls


Household maintenance is a common activity in Australian homes, but poses significant potential risks to health and safety.

There were 608 injury deaths of people undertaking household maintenance reported to an Australian coroner between 2001 and 2018. Males were significantly over-represented, with older males at greatest risk. Falls were the most common mechanism of injury for household maintenance deaths, constituting nearly three quarters of fatalities.

Data sources

The data was extracted from the NCIS in May 2021. The data set contained every external cause fatality that was reported to an Australian coroner between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2018 where the activity at the time of the fatal incident was coded as household maintenance. Cases were included where the coronial investigation had concluded and the case was closed on the NCIS.

See explanatory notes for information on data sources and limitations. For further data, request a data report.


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