Recruitment, WH&S: Surge in farm workplace injuries

Sheep Central, November 4, 2022

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A STATISTICAL analysis of farm-related workplace incidents has shown a surge in injuries in the 2021 year, while the number of fatalities was down.

AgHealth Australia has led research into deaths and injuries on farm since 2004, providing comprehensive evidence on which to build prevention approaches to enhance the safety and wellbeing of people in Australian agriculture.

In its recently published report covering the 2021 calendar year, it identified a total of 46 reported on-farm deaths. In the corresponding period for 2020, there were 58 cases.

Since 2001, 1632 people have lost their life on a farm due to non-intentional injury in Australia. Of those, just over 50pc were people aged 50 years or older, while children under 15 years accounted for 14pc. Males were involved in 88pc of fatalities.

Tractors were the single largest cause with 261 deaths over this 21-year period, followed by quad bikes (204). Farm vehicles in general accounted for the largest proportion of farm fatalities in 2021, followed by mobile farm machinery, animals and farm structures.

An additional 128 non-fatal on-farm injury events were reported in 2021. Twenty-three of these injury events (18pc) involved children aged under 15 years. Quads were the leading cause of injury with 52 cases, followed by tractors (14) and horses (9).

These three agents accounted for almost 60pc of all incidents reported. More than two-thirds of the injury incidents (67.2pc) occurred in Queensland.



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