Farm accident deaths remain high

Fatal farm accidents involving vehicles such as tractors and quad bikes are still a leading cause of preventable death in rural Australia, a new study finds, prompting accusations that the farming industry is lagging behind on safety.

The research, which compared data from 1989-1992 and 2003-2006, shows that despite fatal farm accidents declining by 44% since the early 90s they continue to occur in "high numbers" - averaging 82 per year.

The authors say many non