Slight rise in farm deaths identified


A study conducted by researchers from the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety (University of Sydney) identified a slight rise in the number of on-farm injury deaths in 2017 compared to the previous year with 68 total deaths reported in the Australian media last year.

The study results show that tractors and quads with 13 and 11 deaths were the leading causes of fatalities, making up over 40% of the total. Nine of the fatal cases or 13 percent involved children aged under 15 years, with the involvement of quads accounting for one-third (3) of these incidents.

The study also shows detail on a further 179 non-fatal incidents that have been highlighted in the media, with quads again featuring as the main cause and being involved in 39 (22%) of the incidents.

“These non-fatal cases are very important as often people will suffer significant injuries that have lifelong consequences,” said researcher, Dr. Tony Lower.

“Each farm injury death or injury is one too many, as all cases cause great suffering for family, friends and whole communities. Many more deaths and injuries can be prevented by using solutions which we know from the evidence work. “These figures emphasize how important it is to have safety as a major priority in your farm business.”

“Planning for safety in the same way that you plan for your crops or stock will go a long way to reducing these incidents and the impacts they have.”

The report can be accessed online.

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