Horticulture

Horticulture

Horticulture

The horticulture industry involves cultivating plants for fruit, vegetables, nuts, flowers, turf and nursery products. This industry employs a high proportion of young workers and, in some areas, seasonal workers.

Activities in this industry may include landscaping, maintaining gardens and nurseries, irrigating, pruning, planting, potting, fertilising, fruit picking, and improving soil condition.

Job roles for young workers in the horticulture industry may include:
  • nursery workers who help grow, maintain and sell stock, fruit picking on a vineyard or in an orchard
  • farm hands
  • grounds persons
  • horticulture plant operators.
Young and seasonal workers are often inexperienced and unfamiliar with horticulture workplaces. Working in the horticulture industry may become hazardous.

Be aware!

22.9%

of work-related injuries in this industry happened to young workers.

Job roles for young workers in the horticulture industry may include:
  • nursery workers who help grow, maintain and sell stock, fruit picking on a vineyard or in an orchard
  • farm hands
  • grounds persons
  • horticulture plant operators.
Young and seasonal workers are often inexperienced and unfamiliar with horticulture workplaces. Working in the horticulture industry may become hazardous.

Be aware!

22.9%

of work-related injuries in this industry happened to young workers.

Top incident causing injuries were from:

Being hit by moving objects
0%
Muscular stress
0%
Hitting moving objects
0%
Being trapped by moving machinery or equipment
0%
Being hit by falling objects
0%
Falling from height
0%
Slips, trips and falls
0%
Vehicle accident
0%
Hitting stationery objects
0%

Other hazardous areas to look out for:

Electrical safety

Contact with a chemical or hazardous substance

Noise

Legionnaires’s disease

Working in hot conditons

Other hazardous areas to look out for:

Electrical safety

Contact with a chemical or hazardous substance

Noise

Legionnaires’s disease

Working in hot conditons

Other hazardous areas to look out for:

Electrical safety

Contact with a chemical or hazardous substance

Noise

Legionnaires’s disease

Working in hot conditons

Source: WorkCover WA (2020). Workers’ compensation Western Australian claims data 2014-15 to 2018-19

Note: Calculation based on a five-year total from 2014 -15 to 2018-19. Based on the percentage of all incidents, the combination of all injuries is not equal to 100%

Injuries are measured by number of LTI/Ds (1+days/shifts lost)

SmartMove horticulture industry is classified under ANZSIC 2006 – Industry groups 011, 012, 013, 015

Source: WorkCover WA (2020). Workers’ compensation Western Australian claims data 2014-15 to 2018-19

Note: Calculation based on a five-year total from 2014 -15 to 2018-19. Based on the percentage of all incidents, the combination of all injuries is not equal to 100%

Injuries are measured by number of LTI/Ds (1+days/shifts lost)

SmartMove horticulture industry is classified under ANZSIC 2006 – Industry groups 011, 012, 013, 015

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