Raising farm safety awareness for National Agriculture Day
SafeWork NSW is focusing on safety on farms and agricultural business across regional NSW as part of National Agriculture Day by providing education on how workplaces can prevent risks specific to the farming industry.
Head of SafeWork NSW Natasha Mann said it is an important time for agricultural businesses to celebrate agricultural industry and ensure they are meeting their safety obligations.
“Tragically, farming incidents account for one in every five worker deaths nationally. SafeWork NSW wants to get this down to zero by working with farmers to improve safety practices related to farm vehicles, machinery and manual handling,” Ms Mann said.
“Recently 580 farmers gathered in the small rural community of Grenfell to attend a SafeWork NSW event discussing farm safety after a young farmer was involved in a fatal incident while attempting to recover bogged farm machinery.
"The 33-year-old farmer sustained fatal head injuries during the extraction of a bogged bulldozer when one of the two D-Shackles connecting the recovery strap failed and was propelled through the glass door of the bulldozer.
“As part of our Fair and Safe Together roadshow, SafeWork NSW is visiting Dubbo and Ballina to provide vital safety advice on working safely around farm vehicles, preventing musculoskeletal disorders and keeping mentally healthy.
“We’re also encouraging eligible farmers and businesses to access the safety rebates we have on offer, enrol in free quad bike and side-by-side vehicle training or request a free advisory visit or workshop.
“I encourage everyone to get involved in National Agriculture Day, have a chat with a SafeWork NSW inspector to learn more about safe farming practices – getting home safe at the end of the day is what matters most.”
nformation relating to the bogged farm machinery fatality on June 18, visit the SafeWork website.