Almost half of all deaths on farms could be prevented, simply by implementing solutions we already know about, according to new research exploring what’s stopping primary producers from improving their safety practices.
Study author, Richard Franklin of James Cook University, says the rates of death and injury on farms and fishing vessels have improved, but are still unacceptable.
“In 2013, the 48 deaths in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries represented a quarter of all workplace fatalities. It was equal to 15.11 fatalities per 100,000 workers, which was nine times the national rate of 1.64,” Associate Professor Franklin said.
“We found a perfect example of how lives could be saved quite easily, in figures relating to deaths involving farm utes. From 2001 to 2014, there were 45 fatalities – and half of these people died because they weren’t wearing seatbelts or were being carried in the tray.
“When it comes to health, a willingness to make changes is at least partly dependent on people’s perceptions of how likely something is to happen to them, and how serious they think the consequences could be. Farmers are also highly practical, and need evidence of how changing practices will improve their safety, production or income.”
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