An analysis from a Safe Work Australia data showed that jobs in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry ranked as the most dangerous in the country, with 44 fatalities in 2016.
Finder Insights conducted the analysis, which included the number of fatalities per 100,000 people, serious claims and the number of serious claims per 1,000 people. The agriculture, forestry, and fishing has scored the highest in these aspects for the third year in a row, according to Finder Insights Manager Graham Cooke.
Many of us might think that working as a police officer or firefighter is more dangerous, but Cooke said that the compensation claims and fatalities indicate the risks in a certain industry. For the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector, there were 14 fatalities per 100,000 people and 17.5 serious claims per 1,000 workers.
Still, he said that the number of fatalities in all industries have fallen by 41% since 2007, which showed that employers and employees have become more conscious about safety. In other industries, like warehousing, the need to use certain equipment such as temporary fabric structures will be the key to prevent workplace injuries or accidents.
Transport, postal, and warehousing ranked as the second most dangerous job with 7.4 fatalities per 100,000 people. Serious claims in 2016 in this sector outnumbered those in agriculture, forestry, and fishing at 8,200, which suggest that more people have been fatally injured on the job.
On the other hand, the health care and social assistance industry recorded the highest number of serious claims in 2016, when it reached 16,175. However, there were only four fatalities in the same year.
A lower rate for fatalities and serious claims should be a priority for the industries listed on Finder Insights’ analysis. Employers need to invest not just in equipment, but also in promoting a culture of safety among workers.