Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry snapshot 2017

The workforce

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

  • Poultry Farming
  • Sheep, Beef Cattle and Grain Farming
  • Dairy Cattle Farming
  • Fishing
  • Aquaculture
  • Other Livestock 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

7% of workers aged 65 and over, around twice the proportion state wide

The injuries

398 injuries across the industry in 2017

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

10 serious injuries per million hours worked

29% higher than the state average of 7.9

15% lower serious injury frequency rate in 2017 than ten years ago

The people

Workers aged under 25 reported the highest serious injury frequency rates

Sheep, Beef Cattle and Grain Farming reported the highest serious injury frequency rate of all groups

35% of serious injuries were reported by Farm, Forestry and Garden workers

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