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Farm deaths rise

Farm deaths have increased over the past year, says a recent report from The University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety.

The report is based on farm injury events and non-farm quad bike fatalities reported in the Australian print media from 1 January to 31 December 2015.

Farm injury fatalities totalled 69 in 2015, compared with 54 in 2014.

Of the 69 deaths, six involved a child aged 15 years and younger, and 15 of the most reported incidents involved quad bikes, 13 involved tractors and seven involved mobile-plant/machinery, according to the report.

Some 92 non-fatal on-farm injury events were also reported for the same period. Nine involved children aged 15 years and younger. Quad-related injuries accounted for 41 of all incidents.

Off-farm, an additional 29 quad bike-related injuries were reported.

For more details, visit the report.

Published on 28 January 2016 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today

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