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Tony Lower Farmsafe Australia Symposium - Oct 31, 2013 Farm safety: Where we have come from ? and Where we are headed ?

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1 Tony Lower Farmsafe Australia Symposium - Oct 31, 2013 Farm safety: Where we have come from ? and Where we are headed ?

2 Australian Farm Injury Deaths ( ) Media Data Only

3 Age Distribution ( ) 3

4 Farm Injury Deaths

5 Media Monitors Media Monitors 2011 › 59 deaths (+ 81 injuries) › Quads = 17 (+ 4 off-farm) › Tractors = 10 › Cattle = 3 › Motorcycle = 2 › Utes = 2 › Kids = 8 (quads 4, drowning 2) 5 Media Monitors 2013 (YTD) › 47 deaths (+ 85 injuries) › Quads = 10 (+ 5 off-farm) › Tractors = 8 › Mobile plant = 6 › SSV = 3 › Farm vehicle NEC = 3 › Kids = 8 (mobile plant 2, farm vehicle NEC 2, quad 1, ute 1, m/cycle 1, drowning 1) Media Monitors 2012 › 50 deaths (+ 87 injuries) › Quads = 10 (+ 8 off-farm) › Tractors = 9 › Utes = 5 › Grain auger = 2 › Harvester = 2 › Kids = 13 (quads 4, drowning 4)

6 Safe Work Australia Workers Compensation: Serious Injury IndustryGroup p rate/100,000 Agriculture21.0 Horticulture / fruit growing16.7 Grain, sheep, beef21.2 Dairy20.5 Poultry23.9 Other livestock60.4 Other crop19.2 Mining14.2 Construction18.7 TransportRoad transport26.7 All12.2 6

7 A Tale of Two Industries 7 Serious injury incidence rate

8 Australian WHS Strategy Targets A reduction of at least 20% in the number of worker fatalities due to injury. 2.A reduction of at least 30% in the incidence rate of claims resulting in one or more weeks off work. 3.A reduction of at least 30% in the incidence rate of claims for musculoskeletal disorders resulting in one or more weeks off work. 8

9 Major Issues & Potential Controls (Preliminary) Agent% of Total 1.Tractors ~ 15% 2.Quad bikes ~ 11% 3.Dams/water bodies ~ 9% 4.Farm utilities ~ 6% 5.Motorcycles ~ 6% 6.Horses ~ 4% Potential Controls - ROPS, Safe access - CPDs, no kids/pass, helmet - Safe Play Areas (<5yrs) - Seat belts, no riding in tray - Helmet 9 Of the 779 deaths in the period, six leading agents were responsible for 50% (n=391) of all cases.

10 Potential for Prevention (Preliminary) 1.Tractors* Quad Bikes** 83 3.Drowning 68 4.Farm Utes 47 5.Motorbikes* 45 6.Horses* 34 TOTAL 393 ROPS/safe access 23 (20%) CPD/helmet/no passengers/kids 62 (75%) Safe Play Area 29 (43%) Seat belt/no tray travel 24 (51%) Helmet 5 (11%) Helmet 6 (18%) TOTAL 149 (38%) Major Killers No. Preventable Deaths? No. (%) Note: Highly conservative estimates as * had almost 50% of cases where enough information was not available to provide an accurate estimate on whether a preventive option my have worked & ** had almost 20% of cases in this category.

11 Farm Injury - To Do List Where have we come from? › Big reductions over past 20+ years, but not to level of other industries Where we are headed ? › We can reach or exceed the 20% national target for reducing fatalities › Doing the things that we already know work will have the greatest impact in reducing deaths and injuries We can do better! 11


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