Farm vehicles behind rise in farm deaths


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Figures released by AgHealth Australia (previously known as the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety or ACAHS) show from January 1, 2018, to September 30, 2018, there were a total of 49 fatal on-farm cases.

The figure is higher than the corresponding period in 2017 when 45 on-farm deaths were reported.

The report focuses predominantly on data involving on-farm injury events reported in the Australian print and online media for the period January 1st to September 30th 2018. It also captures non-farm quad-related fatality and injury over the same period.

Tractors, utilities, quads, and motorbikes were the leading causes of death on Australian farms, according to the report.

There were eight tractor-related fatalities, followed by utilities with 5. There were 4 fatalities from quad bikes and motorbikes.

An additional 120 non-fatal on-farm injury events were reported in the Australian media during the same period.

Sixteen (12.5%) of the 120 injury events involved children aged under 15 years.

Quad related injury and motorbike related incidents accounted for over 30% of all incidents. These incidents were closely followed by horse-related injury and tractor-related injury.

For quads, there were twenty-six additional injuries that occurred off-farm (i.e. there were a total of 48 quad-related non-fatal injuries nationally including farm and non-farm cases reported).


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