Farming tops list of hazardous jobs
IF YOU work on a farm, in the forest or go fishing for a living, you’re at a higher risk of dying at work than any other industry in Australia.
The agriculture, forestry and fishing industries have been revealed as Australia’s most dangerous, with 52 fatalities and 3410 serious injuries in 2015, according to new figures from finder.com.au.
Just last month, a woman on a Lockyer Valley farm was treated for serious injuries after her hand became stuck in a harvester.
The release of the data comes on the back of this week’s National Safety Forum at the Queensland Beef Expo in Toowoomba, where farmers were educated on the risks of off-road vehicles on farms and what they should be doing to make their farms an injury-free workplace.
Agriculture, forestry and fishing have been ranked ahead of more notorious industries such as construction and mining.
The health care and social assistance sector led the pack for the largest number of serious injuries in 2014–15 with 17,585 cases.
On the other end of the spectrum, financial and insurance services are the safest industries, with only 666 compensation claims and no fatalities in 2015.
Forty-seven per cent of workplace fatalities were either in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry (52 fatalities) or transport, postal and warehousing (40 fatalities).
Bessie Hassan, income protection expert at finder.com.au, said the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries remained Australia’s most dangerous sector for the second year running.
“But it’s not all bad news for this sector. In fact, the workplace fatality rate has decreased by 44% since 2007.”
❝ But it’s not all bad news. In fact, the workplace fatality rate has decreased by 44% since 2007. — Bessie Hassan
— Matthew Newton