Statistics for agriculture, forestry and fishery workers

The image below shows the most common injuries experienced by workers in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry.

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Depicts the most common injuries and hazards hotspots on the human body

Includes food and drink products; fabric, clothing and footwear; other personal and household goods; and postal services sales assistants.

% of total injuries Body part Description of most prevalent injuries and causes
16%

Hand, fingers and thumbs

Muscle and tendon sprains and strains from lifting or carrying objects, or from bending down

14%

Back

Wounds/lacerations caused by sharp tool, or being trapped in moving machinery

12%

Shoulder

Muscle and tendon sprains and strains from handling objects

10%

Knee

Muscle and tendon sprains and strains from kneeling, crouching, twisting or falls caused by being hit by livestock or farm equipment

9%

Leg

Muscle and tendon sprains and strains from crouching, twisting or being hit by livestock or farm equipment

5%

Ankle

Muscle and tendon sprains and strains from tripping or falling on hazardous surfaces or stepping on things, particularly on or around machinery and equipment

4%

Eye

Fragments or dust, in eye

4%

Wrist

Muscle and tendon sprains and strains from repeatedly lifting or moving things

Source: Queensland Employee Injury Database. Data current as at Oct 2009 and is subject to change over time.

Last updated
15 September 2015