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The report says there were some 360 fatalities on farms in the Australian state between 2001 and 2015. More than half were work-related, the research found.
This equates to 17.3 fatalities per 100,000 people, making the agriculture sector 12 times higher than the state's all-industry average (1.46 per 100,000).
Drawing on data recorded by the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, the only agency to collect injury statistics for Australian farms, the researchers say this rate is unchanged in 14 years. Although there was a significant reduction in the all-fatality rate (work and nonwork) between 2001 and 2007, the research added the decline had also stabilised since then.
"Non-intentional" farm injury fatalities are defined as those that occurred to farmers and people working in agricultural production, as well as to bystanders to farm work being undertaken, and others undertaking leisure activities but harmed by farm production hazards.
Report authors Tony Lower, Margaret Rolfe and Noeline Monaghan said: "Although direct cause and effect cannot be attributed, it may be contended that the removal of injury prevention as a core priority for health services in NSW, accompanied by a divestment of resources to support community interventions, has contributed to these results."
A report by the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety showed that New South Wales had recorded the highest number of on-farm deaths for the first six months of 2017, with 17 fatalities, more than half the 32 farm-related fatalities recorded for the whole of Australia during the period.
Agricultural production in NSW accounts for about 14% of arable land use in Australia and around 25% of the national agricultural output, the research reported.
Data from Safe Work Australia show the fatality total in agriculture is higher than those of the construction and mining industries combined.
Under the existing regulations commercial providers of outdoor adventure pursuits for under 18s, such as caving and water sports, are legally required to undergo an inspection of their safety management systems and hold a licence issued by the Adventure and Activities Licensing Authority (AALA). The consultation includes three options on the future of adventure activity legislation in Great Britain.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the C & R Construction (SW) employee was installing roof sheets on a new agricultural building when the incident occurred on 11 May 2016.C & R Construction (SW) did not provide suitable edge protection. It also failed to ensure there was a sufficient risk assessment and did not ensure that those installing the edge protection and supervising the work had received adequate training.
The incident happened in December 2014 during the ground preparation for laying a concrete slab at incinerator ash processor Ballast Phoenix in Sheffield.A 21-tonne tracked excavator was digging out an old steel cable duct from a trench where the concrete was due to be poured, and a dump truck was parked behind it.As the excavator tracked back while digging out the duct, Darren Richardson was crushed between the two machines.
Kier’s subcontractor Sean Hegarty was also fined £75,000 for its role in the accident, which took place on a stretch of the B1063 north of Lidgate. The principal contractor, Kier Integrated Services, had employed Sean Hegarty to repair the road surface under a contract it had with Suffolk County Council.A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that on 13 May 2014, Hegarty workers were using a road planer to remove the tar from the southbound side of the road, while the northbound side had traffic lights to control the direction of the traffic.
The accident happened at Mac Skip Hire’s site in Hinckley, Leicestershire, on 4 November 2015. Leicester Magistrates’ Court was told that the employee was trying to remove overhanging waste from a moving shovel loader when she was crushed between it and her lorry. The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) investigation found the company had failed to implement systems and site rules for loading operations. It was served an improvement notice to ensure pedestrians and vehicles could circulate safely. This was complied with in February 2016.
The London Borough of Croydon employee was working as a cleaner in Veolia UK’s motor vehicle repair workshop when he was struck by a reversing 17.5 tonne dust cart on 9 May 2016. He sustained multiple fractures to his right fibula, femur, knee, ankle, wrist and hand. He also sustained a degloving injury to his right hand, which required a skin graft.Due to his learning difficulties, the worker was employed as a “supported employee” and should have had heightened supervision.
A Belfast-based Risk & Compliance software provider has been collaborating with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and construction giant Costain as part of an ongoing project to unlock artificial intelligence’s (AI) potential in improving the management of risks on worksites.
The tragic death of four-year-old Harry Lee on his family farm in Newchurch-in-Pendle has led to IOSH, the Health and Safety Executive, and Harry’s own family to call for a renewed focus on children’s safety in agricultural settings.
Birch Brothers (Kidderminster) Ltd was the principal contractor on a construction project in Derbyshire that was building a concrete overflow weir structure on the site. The Midlands firm had brought in steel fixers and joiners to undertake the work.