Non-intentional farm injury fatalities in Australia, 2003 - 2006
NSW Public Health Bulletin
Aim: To describe the pattern of nonintentional farm-related fatalities in Australia for 2003-2006 and examine trends. Methods: Data from the National Coroners Information System were analysed to define all non-intentional farm injury fatalities for the period. Results: The incidence of farm fatalities has declined by 44% over the past 20 years from an average of 146 deaths per year to 82 deaths per year. For adults there are high numbers of fatalities related to tractors, quad bikes and farm
... d bikes and farm utilities. Children aged under 15 years account for 17% of fatalities, with dams or other water bodies and quad bikes remaining the most common causes of non-intentional farm fatalities. Almost half of all on-farm non-intentional fatalities are non-work-related. Conclusion: Future interventions targeting these priority areas are required to reduce the incidence of non-intentional farm-related fatalities within Australia. Farming is regarded internationally as a high-risk industry for injury and fatalities. 1 Despite significant reductions in farm-related fatalities over the past 15 years in Australia, agriculture remains a high-risk industry and lags behind the occupational health and safety gains made in other primary industries such as mining and construction. 2,3 Furthermore, as most farms in Australia are family owned and operated, the distinction between the workplace and family home environments is often difficult to discern. In turn, this poses significant challenges for the health and safety of not only farmers and their staff, but also family members and visitors.