Current snapshot

The agriculture sector has a higher percentage of major claims resulting in one week or more off work when compared to all industries

Claims

The agriculture sector has a higher percentage of major claims resulting in one week or more off work when compared to all industries.10

Common causes of injuries

Hazardous manual tasks, falls and being hit by an animal or object are the most common causes of work related injuries.

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Occupations

Farm workers and shearers are the occupations that experience higher than average exposure to injury.

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20-29 age group

The 20–29 year age group are responsible for 29% of all workers compensation claims.

45-54 age group

The 45–54 year age group experience the highest time away from work due to a work related injury.

Cost of claims

The agriculture sector has a higher average cost for each workers compensation claim when compared to all industries.11

Infographic showing agriculture sector: $24,000 and 47.4%Infographic showing all industries: $17,000 and 38%

Time lost from work

Workers in the agriculture sector experience more time away from work as a result of a workers compensation claim when compared to all NSW industries.12 

Average time away from work
Agriculture8.3 weeks
All other industries7 weeks

Fatalities

45 workers have died in the agriculture sector between 2011 and 2016.13

Vehicles and moving objects

The most prevalent causes of a fatality are vehicle rollover or being hit by a moving object.14

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Tractors, equipment and quad bikes

Tractors, agricultural equipment and quad bikes are responsible for the majority of farm related fatalities.15

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Sheep and beef cattle

The sheep and beef cattle sector continues to suffer the most fatalities.16

Livestock and plant operators

Livestock farmers and plant operators are the most at risk worker type.17

Horse related injuries

In NSW, the highest number of horse related claims for injury resulted from being hit by, or falling from, a horse.18

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