About this seminar

There can be many hazards involved in agricultural work, including plant, chemicals, noise, dust, sun exposure, working with animals, as well as the fact that many in the industry work alone or in remote locations. This infographic provides statistics on fatalities and rates of serious claims in the agriculture industry. It illustrates why focusing on safety is so important for workers, their families and the wider community.

Data from the infographic

In 2015–16, the agriculture industry made up 2.3% of the workforce, but accounted for 23% of worker fatalities.

An average of 41 workers killed each year in the agriculture industry (2005 to 2015):

  • Worker deaths involved a vehicle: 74%
  • Workers killed in a single vehicle accident: 66%
  • Workers killed while mustering: 7%
  • Fatalities occurred on a farm: 85%

An average of 3,015 serious claims made in the agriculture industry per year (2004-05 to 2014-15):

  • Serious claims due to vehicle incidents: 8%
  • Serious claims due to falls from a height: 11%
  • Serious claims due to muscular stress while handling objects: 12%
  • Serious claims due to being hit by an animal: 10%

Who is this seminar for?

This infographic is of particular interest to workers and employers in the agriculture industry, as well as work health and safety professionals, researchers and other key stakeholders who are interested in statistics and information about serious claims and fatalities.

About the presenters

Safe Work Australia collects National data on work-related injuries and fatalities. This infographic uses data collated by Safe Work Australia.

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