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Farm workplace health and safety must be a priority

Alan Dingle (Queensland Country Life)

Agriculture is one of the most dangerous sectors to work in due to the combination of hazards. These include heavy plant and machinery, chemicals, noise, dust, sun and heat exposure, working with animals as well as the fact many in the industry work alone or in remote locations. Between 2014 and 2018, there were 188 worker fatalities in the agriculture industry, which is 20 per cent of all worker fatalities over the period, with 69pc of fatalities in the sector involving a vehicle including tractors (23pc) and quad bikes (15pc).