Injuries to people living and working on farms in New
South Wales continue to be a significant burden on
the health and compensation systems, agricultural
industries and farming families.
Strategies to reduce injuries suffered by people on
farms rely on accurate information. Unfortunately in
Australia there is no one dataset available to
describe the circumstances and size of this burden.
Hence, a number of different data sources are
required. To date, there has been very little
critical examination of what value each of these
datasets provides to describing farm injuries.
This book provides insight into the magnitude of
injuries occurring to people on farms or during
agricultural production in NSW using data collected
from an Emergency Department, Hospital Separations,
Workers Compensation Claims, and Deaths data. It
provides a critical examination of the utility of the
data and classification systems used for the
surveillance of farm injuries in NSW and defines
priority areas where farm injury prevention
initiatives are required. Finally it provides an
evaluation of a rebate scheme to retrofit Rollover
Protective Structure (ROPS) on farm tractors in NSW.