Report shows agriculture industry workers’ compensation claims on the rise

The agriculture industry workers’ compensation claim rate for 60 or more workdays has increased over the past five years, sitting above the claim rate for all Queensland industries, the findings of a new typology report show.

The report shows the average claim rate for agriculture is 4.2 claims per 1000 workers, compared with the average claim rate of three claims per 1000 workers for all industries.

Workers in agriculture are 50 per cent more likely to experience a significant injury as workers in all other industries, according to the report.

The report was developed using accepted workers’ compensation claims data where 60 or more workdays are compensated and psychological and commuting claims are excluded. The claim intimation date is between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2016.

Other statistics revealed in the report show-

  • Agriculture workers between the ages of 25 to 34 years represent a quarter of all industry claims for 60 or more workdays.
  •  Over 90 per cent of claims were the result of either falls, body stressing, being hit by moving objects or vehicle incidents.
  •  Fall related injuries represent 29 per cent of all claims and almost two-thirds of fall-related injuries were falls from height.
  • Body stressing injuries accounted for about a quarter of all relevant claims, mainly the result of either carrying or lifting objects. Injuries resulting from being hit by moving objects represent 21 per cent of all claims.

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