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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 07:36

Machinery safety

Tractors, quads and other farm machinery caused 63 on-farm deaths in Australia in 2016 according to new research by the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety.


A total of nine operators died in tractor accidents, six in quad mishaps and a further nine in incidents with other farm machinery.
These three categories accounted for almost 40 per cent of all deaths.
Centre spokesman Dr Tony Lower said these figures represented a slight decrease on the 2015 when 73 deaths were recorded.
“But sadly we know that each case brings significant impacts for families and communities” Tony Lower said.
“Overall, nine deaths - or 11 per cent - were children.
“This just emphasizes how important it is to have safety as a major priority in farm businesses.”
The report also provided detail on 85 non-fatal accidents that had been reported in the media with quad mishaps dominating delivering 50 per cent of all injuries.
“These non-fatal cases are also important as often people will suffer significant injuries that have lifelong consequences,” according to Tony Lower
“The number of deaths in agriculture for 2016 was more than double the combined total of those in mining and construction.
“This sounds a warning bell that there really is a need to fast-track improvements.
“Planning for safety in the same way that you plan for your crops or stock will go a long way to reducing these incidents and the impacts they have not just on individuals, but also families and whole communities.”
A copy of the report and a wide range of materials that can assist those that work and live on farms to reduce risks to themselves, and others is available from the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety or call 02 6882 1486 for further information. http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/aghealth/publications/reports.php

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