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Agriculture is still Australia’s most dangerous industry
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 finder.com.au
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,” finder.com.au 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.”
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