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Work-related Injuries and Fatalities on Australian Farms
From a health and safety point of view, farms are unique. While other industries share some of the hazards of farming such as plant, chemicals, noise, dust, sun exposure and working with animals, the combination of hazards found in farming as well as the context in which farm work is done, make farming one of the most dangerous industries in which to work.
Agriculture has the highest proportion of self-employed workers of any industry. Self-employed farmers face the demands and stress of running a business as well as undertaking the hard physical labour involved in farm work.
This report draws together a profile of Australian farmers and documents important trends in fatalities and injuries that occur on Australian farms. At the end of this report are potential avenues for improving the work health and safety of Australian farmers and farm workers in the context of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022.