Key facts about the workforce
This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into fifteen groups. The three largest employing groups are:
- Sheep, beef cattle and grain farming
- Fruit and tree nut growing
Key facts about injury numbers
There were 515 injuries across the industry in 2021.
This results in a serious injury frequency rate of 11.4 serious injuries per million hours worked.
The serious injury frequency rate of 11.4 is 28% higher than the state average of 10.5.
The industry’s serious injury frequency rate was 21% higher in 2021 than ten years ago.
Key facts about injured workers
Dairy cattle farming reported the highest serious injury frequency rate at 29 serious injuries per million hours worked.
The occupations with the highest proportion of serious injuries were:
- Forestry, farm and garden workers with 50% of the total and
- Farmers and farm managers with 9% of the total
Key facts about injury causes
The most common causes of injury across the industry in 2021, in order of largest proportion of total injuries, were:
- Body stressing
- Falls, slips and trips
- Being hit by moving objects
Priority conditions and causes
The WorkSafe Strategic Plan 2018-2023 identifies six priority causes and conditions, of these four are most relevant to the industry:
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Hazardous manual tasks
- Slips, trips and falls
- Safe movement of vehicles and plant