Reducing farm injury deaths through regulation

Tony G Lower
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11452
Published online: 12 December 2011

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Agriculture is internationally recognised as a hazardous industry. Despite a 44% reduction in non-intentional farm injury deaths in Australia over the past 15 years (of which machinery-related incidents are the predominant cause), considerable opportunities for prevention remain.1

  • Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, University of Sydney, Moree, NSW.


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