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
A Tale of Two Industries 7 Serious injury incidence rate
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
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.
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.
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