Report shows nearly 22,000 hospitalised for on-farm injuries

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A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows almost 22,000 people were hospitalised due to a farm-related injury in the five-year period from 2010–11 to 2014–15.

Over three-quarters (77%) of people hospitalised as a result of farm-related injuries were males. Hospitalisations for males were higher than for females across all age groups, according to the report.

The Hospitalised farm injury, Australia, 2010–11 to 2014–15 report shows farm injuries involving motorcycles and quad bikes accounted for nearly 42% (836) of farm-related hospitalisations in children aged 0–14 and 21% (4,202) of hospitalisations in people aged 15 and older.

In children aged 0-14, injuries involving horses resulted in 16% (321) of hospitalisations, with girls comprising almost 80% of those injured while riding a horse and 57% of those injured as a result of being bitten or crushed by a horse.

Motorcycles and quad bikes were the cause of 21% (4,202) of hospitalisations in people aged 15 and older. For men, injuries involving motorcycles accounted for over 90% of hospitalisations while 80% of hospitalisations involved quad bikes.

According to the report, other common mechanisms of injury leading to hospitalisation in people aged 15 and over involved horses (12%), contact with other animals and plants (15%), contact with machinery (13%) and fall-related injury (10%).

But contact with agricultural machinery accounted for almost 43% of hospitalisations for males and almost 39% of hospitalisations for females for people aged 15 and over who sustained a farm-related injury involving contact with some form of machinery.

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