2020-21 Work health and safety - Agriculture, forestry and fishing

Key injury claims information

This infographic shows there were a total of 2392 workers' compensation claims in the Northern Territory for the year 2020-21. 8.8% of those claims were in Agriculture, forestry and fishing and 38.9% of those claims were for serious injuries.

This infographic shows there were two work-related fatalities in Agriculture, forestry and fishing and the total workers compensation claims resulted in 796 total lost time in weeks and $3,195,524 was paid in benefits.

  • Claims where the worker needed at least one week off due to their injuries are considered serious injuries.

Injury claims by age and gender

The image shows two bar graphs detailing injury claims by age and gender. In the age graph, 46.9% of injuries occurred in workers under 25, and 38.4% of those claims were for a serious injury. 29.9% of injuries occurred in the 25 to 34 age bracket, and 44.4% of those claims were for a serious injury. 9% of injuries occurred in the 35 to 44 age bracket, and 26.3% of those claims were for a serious injury. 10.9% of injuries occurred in the 45 to 54 age bracket, and 39.1% of those claims were for a serious injury. 0.5% of injuries occurred in the 55 to 64 age bracket, and 100% of injured workers in that age bracket were seriously injured. 2.8% of injuries occurred in the 65+ age bracket, and 33.3% of injured workers in that age bracket were seriously injured. In the gender graph, 63.5% of injured workers were male, 38.8% seriously injured, and 36.5% of injured workers were female, with 39% serious injured.

Main occupations seriously injured

This infographic shows the main occupations by serious injury claims. 74.4% of Agriculture, forestry and fishing serious injury claims were made by a Farm Hand; and 6.1% by Seafarers and Fishing Hands.

Main industry sub-groups by serious injury claims

This infographic shows 70.7% of Agriculture, forestry and fishing serious injury claims were in Beef Cattle Farming and 12.2% in Aquaculture.

Main mechanisms of serious injury

This infographic shows the main three mechanisms of serious injury for Agriculture, forestry and fishing claims were 32.9% being hit by moving object; 28% falls, trips and slips of a person; and 11% body stressing.

Break down by main mechanisms of serious injury

  • The main three injury groups resulting from being hit by moving objects were:

    40.7% fractures; 33.3% wounds, lacerations, amputations and internal organ damage; and 18.5% traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury.

    The main three incident types were:

    • Being hit by moving objects (37%)
    • Being hit by an animal (33.3%)
    • Being trapped between stationary and moving objects (14.8%)

    The main two body areas injured were:

    • Foot (11.1%)
    • Fingers (11.1%)

    The infographic shows the fingers and foot were the main body areas injured.

  • The main three injury groups resulting from falls, slips and trips of a person were:

    39.1% traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury; 26.1% wounds, lacerations, amputations and internal organ damage; and 21.7% fractures.

    The main two incident types were:

    • Falls from a height (78.3%)
    • Falls on the same level (17.4%)

    The main three body areas injured were:

    • Ankle (17.4%)
    • Knee (8.7%)
    • Brain (8.7%)
    • The infographic shows the ankle, knee and brain were the main body areas injured.
  • The main two injury groups resulting from body stressing were:

    44.4% musculoskeletal and connective tissue injury; and 44.4% traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury.

    The main three incident types were:

    • Muscular stress while handling objects other than lifting, carrying or putting down (44.4%)
    • Muscular stress while lifting, carrying, or putting down objects (22.2%)
    • Muscular stress with no objects being handled (22.2%)

    The main three body areas injured were:

    • Shoulder (44.4%)
    • Wrist (22.2%)
    • Knee (22.2%)

    The infographic shows the shoulder, wrist and knee were the main body areas injured.

 

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