Agriculture, forestry and fishing is the riskiest industry sector in terms of fatal injuries. One in a hundred workers (employees and the self-employed) work in agriculture, but it accounts for one in five fatal injuries to workers.
The latest results in agriculture, forestry and fishing show:
- a long-term reduction in fatal injuries to employees, but much less than in other main industry sectors – an average of 33 per year between 1974 and 1979 compared with 12 over the last five years;
- 27 fatal injuries to workers in 2013/14p, the average over the previous five years was 33 ‑ the worker fatality rate is higher than any other industry section;
- almost half (48%) of the workers who were fatally injured were farmers, while about one in seven were farm or forestry workers;
- four fatal injuries to members of the public in 2013/14p, the average over the previous five years was six.
Numbers of fatal injuries to employees (RIDDOR) 1974 to 2013/14p