Menu
News

Farmers love of land placing them most at risk

LOVE OF THE LAND: Central Queensland Agforce manager Sharon Howard (with husband David Howard) can understand why agriculture is considered a dangerous job.
LOVE OF THE LAND: Central Queensland Agforce manager Sharon Howard (with husband David Howard) can understand why agriculture is considered a dangerous job. Zac Luke Emerodeo

SHARON Howard knows jobs in the agricultural industry are very physical and hands on, but insists that's why producers have chosen that line of work.

And with a new report revealing Australians most dangerous jobs farmers must really have a love of the land as they come in at number one.

Finder.com.au and Safe Work Australia have released a report which shows those working in agriculture, forestry and fishing have the most dangerous job in Australia.

With an average of 43 fatalities in a year and 3,365 serious injuries, it is most definitely an industry which comes with risks.

Agforce Central Queensland manager, Ms Howard said Agforce Qld certainly encouraged all members to take the time to think about workplace health and safety and personal risks.

"The risks associated with working with livestock and machinery in the agricultural industry would be reflected in these figures and unfortunately they aren't a surprise to anyone," she said.

"Having said that, the rural industry takes safety extremely seriously and is constantly evaluating what we do and if there is a safer way.

"These people are highly skilled at what they do but there are risks with every industry and every skill level."

Queensland Farmers Federation president Stuart Armitage also expressed his disappointment regarding the statistics.

"It is disappointing that the agriculture sector continues to have a relatively high level of workplace fatalities and incidents."

"The agriculture sector has made significant progress in changing attitudes and practices that have resulted in avoidable workplace accidents.

Agriculture being labelled the most dangerous job in Australia comes after a 50-year-old man died on an Oakleigh Rd property at Ogmore on Tuesday, after the dozer he was operating rolled.

Investigations into the farm contractor's death are ongoing. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland are carrying out the investigation in conjunction with police.

Because of this they were unable to comment any further.

Topics:  agriculture farming fatality injury safety


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.