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Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry snapshot 2018

The workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into fifteen groups

  • Poultry farming
  • Sheep, beef cattle and grain farming
  • Dairy cattle farming
  • Fishing
  • Aquaculture
  • Other livestock farming
  • Deer farming
  • Fruit and tree nut growing
  • Mushroom and vegetable growing
  • Forestry and logging
  • Other crop growing
  • Nursery and floriculture production
  • Agriculture and fishing support services
  • Forestry support services
  • Hunting and trapping

5% of the total Tasmanian workforce

73% of workers are employed full time

6% of workers aged 65+, around twice the proportion state wide — the second highest of all industries

The injuries

474 injuries across the industry in 2018

44% of injuries in the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

10.1 serious injuries per million hours worked

16% higher than the state average of 8.7

23% lower serious injury frequency rate in 2018 than ten years ago

The people

25-34 year olds reported the highest serious injury frequency rates

Sheep, Beef Cattle and Grain Farming reported the highest serious injury frequency rate at 24 serious injuries per million hours worked

1 in 3 workers injured in the last ten years worked in either Sheep, Beef Cattle and Grain Farming or Aquaculture

Farm, Forestry and Garden workers reported 54% of all serious injuries

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Being hit by moving objects
  • Hitting objects with a part of the body

Action areas

Priority conditions and causes identified in the WorkSafe Strategic Plan 2018-2023 relevant to the industry:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Hazardous manual tasks
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Safe movement of vehicles and plant
Updated: 11th December 2019