MORE than 300 South Australians are injured every year in accidents on farms, new SA Health data reveals.
Country Health SA Director of Emergency Services Peter Joyner said farming, agricultural and horticultural communities were some of the hardest working South Australians, but also face some of the most serious risks.
"Our farmers work long hours, often performing hard, manual tasks with complicated equipment each and every day," he said
"Over the past five years more than 2000 people have been admitted to our public hospitals after hurting themselves on a farm.
"The most common cause of serious injury involved accidents with agricultural machinery and other mechanical objects."
Falls, tractor, car and motorbike accidents, exposure to fire and even being struck or bitten by animals were also among the reasons people needed to be admitted to hospital.
"The most common injuries include head wounds, wrist and hand injuries, and fractured forearms, shoulders, legs and ankles," Dr Joyner said.
"It's important not to become complacent when working on a farm, and to always take the proper precautions while performing manual tasks and operating machinery.
"I also urge anyone who may have recently moved to a country property or taken up a hobby farm to ensure they are aware of the risks and seek advice if you're unsure about the work you're undertaking."