Farm­ing tops list of haz­ardous jobs

Gatton Star - - LIFE | INTO RURAL -

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

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