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Safe Work Australia has released a new publication, Work health and safety in the agricultural industry.

The report identifies key risks faced by workers in the agricultural industry and provides statistics about injuries, fatalities and workers’ compensation, including how the agricultural industry compares with other industries.

Key findings include:

  • The fatality rate in the agricultural industry is significantly higher than the all industry average, however, in line with the overall downward trend has fallen by 24 per cent since 2003.
  • Around three quarters of fatalities in the agricultural industry involved vehicles and approximately a third of fatally injured workers were aged 65 and over.
  • The rate of serious workers’ compensation claims in the agricultural industry fell by 14 per cent between 2000-01 and 2012-13.
  • Over half of serious workers’ compensation claims in the agricultural industry resulted from body stressing injuries or being hit by moving objects.

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