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Agri­cul­ture is still Aus­tralia’s most dan­ger­ous in­dus­try

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Agri­cul­ture, trans­port/ware­hous­ing and con­struc­tion have topped the list of Aus­tralia’s most dan­ger­ous in­dus­tries.

This marks the third year run­ning that the agri­cul­ture, forestry and fish­ing sec­tor has taken top spot, with 14 fa­tal­i­ties per 100,000 work­ers, ac­cord­ing to anal­y­sis of 2016 Safe Work Aus­tralia data by fin­

In real num­bers, there were 44 deaths and 3510 se­ri­ous in­juries.

In sec­ond place was the trans­port, postal and ware­hous­ing sec­tor with 7.4 fa­tal­i­ties per 100,000, fol­lowed by con­struc­tion with 3.3. Be­tween them, these three in­dus­tries ac­counted for 69 per cent of all work­place fa­tal­i­ties.

On the in­jury side, the three recorded 17.5, 14.4 and 16 se­ri­ous Safe Work Aus­tralia claims per 1000, re­spec­tively.

It’s far safer to be in fi­nan­cial and in­surance ser­vices, which re­coded no deaths and just 620 se­ri­ous in­juries to be our safest pro­fes­sion.

“While agri­cul­ture, forestry and fish­ing sees fewer fa­tal­i­ties than other in­dus­tries, it has a far higher in­ci­dent rate as a pro­por­tion of the num­ber of work­ers, and that’s what makes it more dan­ger­ous,” fin­ in­sights man­ager Gra­ham Cooke says. “How­ever, it’s not all bad news, since work­place fa­tal­i­ties and in­juries have de­creased by 41 per cent and 21 per cent re­spec­tively since 2007.”

Photo: Robert Lang Pho­tog­ra­phy/Mo­ment /Getty Im­ages

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