Spotlight on safety for women in agriculture
The NSW Government’s Women in Agriculture Lunch and Learn series kicks off across the State from today, shining a light on safety for farming families.
In partnership with Essential Energy, the 20 free events will take place across regional towns until 15 July, focusing on safety while working in rural settings.
Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said women have a huge influence on improved health and safety outcomes of rural workplaces.
“Farming workplaces bring their own unique set of safety challenges as both a workplace and the family home,” Mrs Taylor said.
“Women are often the centre of making business decisions, running the farm, and managing family life throughout the day, playing a critical role in building a culture of safety.”
Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said the series will cover issues including working near electricity, emergency preparedness and response, safety around farm vehicles, and at-risk workers and contractors.
“After the success of last year’s inaugural sessions, we have almost doubled the number of events this year to expand our reach to more women across regional towns,” Ms Petinos said.
“Tragically, farming accounts for one in every five worker deaths. That’s why these events are so important for the women at the centre of farming families – to provide essential safety resources and encourage safe farming practices.
“The Lunch and Learn series will provide a space where women can gain valuable farm safety knowledge through shared experiences.”
Minister for Agriculture Dugald Saunders said a thriving agriculture industry must prioritise the safety of farming families.
“These sessions are an opportunity to hold real discussions around the prevention of injury in the agricultural community, I encourage everyone to register and take part in this important initiative,” Mr Saunders said.
The interactive event will provide participants with the opportunity to speak with presenters connected to the sector and network with like-minded women in agriculture.
Attendees may also be eligible to apply for the following rebate programs:
- Small business rebate of up to $1,000
- Quad bike safety improvement program up to the value of $2,000
- Aerial marker installation free of charge
To attend the SafeWork NSW Women in Agriculture Lunch and Learn events register online or contact 13 10 50.