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).