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Agriculture, forestry and fishing are Australia's most dangerous jobs

Source: Asia Insurance Review | Apr 2019

Finder, an Australian comparison website for financial services, recently analyzed the latest Safe Work Australia data to find the riskiest industries in Australia. The data shows that agriculture, forestry and fishing are the most dangerous industries in the nation.
 
Within those industries, 18% more on-the-job deaths occurred in 2017 as compared to 2016. Moreover, there were 16 deaths per 100,000 workers, which is more than double any other indus-try. According to the report, one Australian worker dies every two days and one is seriously in-jured every five minutes.
 
The transport, postal and warehousing industry came in as the second-most dangerous, followed by construction. Nearly 72% of all fatalities occurred in these three industries. Finder insights manager Graham Cooke said that the chance of fatalities is not the only factor in making a work-place unsafe.
 
“Even if an industry doesn’t see many fatalities per year, compensation claims for serious injuries and illnesses are still indicative of safety risks,” he said. “Although industries like mining and con-struction are known for being potentially dangerous, it’s the agriculture, forestry and fishing in-dustry that has been at the top of our list for four years running.”
 
A total of 3,604 Australian workers have lost their lives on the job since 2003, including 190 in 2017. In 2018, the preliminary data shows there were 152 Australian workers killed at work, com-pared with 190 workers in 2017.
 
As of 24 January 2019, there have been five Australian workers killed at work in 2019. A 
 
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