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Work injuries 1.6 times more severe for farmers

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Workplace Health and Safety Queensland have released their revamped harm index which claims that farmers are 1.6 times more likely to suffer severe work injuries on the job.

Despite labouring in the state still reigning as the most dangerous profession, farming is still considered quite hazardous with mobile plant workers reported to be most at risk according to www.cqnews.com.au.

The harm index, which had been extracted from workers’ compensation claims and other supporting statistics, could be used to increase awareness of work risks through educational initiatives, advisory, intervention and leadership programs according to WHSQ director Dr Simon Blackwood.

Blackwood said such programs could limit the incidence and severity of workplace injuries and deaths. 

Works that are said to be most at risk include labourers, technicians, drivers, machinery operators and trades workers.

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