SafeWork SA has teamed up with Primary Producers SA (PPSA) to provide practical work health and safety workshops for farmers.
PPSA and SafeWork SA will be hosting 23v workshops across the state over the next four months for livestock, crop and dairy farmers and grape, fruit and nut growers.
The workshops aim to promote safe work practices and support farmers in developing practical solutions for key safety issues at their workplaces.
“Of 149 fatalities across all industries in South Australia since 2005, almost 19 percent have occurred on farms, yet only 4.5 percent of our total workforce works in agriculture,” said SafeWork SA Acting Executive Director Chris McKie.
He also said that on average every week, nine South Australian primary producers are injured seriously enough to lodge a work injury claim.
“What’s most concerning is that these fatalities and serious injuries are preventable.”
Data from ReturnToWorkSA shows that people working in these sectors are at the greatest risk of serious injury when working with sheep, beef and dairy cattle, in a vineyard or in grain and crop production.
“Through these workshops, we can help farmers eliminate or minimise workplace risks with practical solutions and increase their knowledge on how to create safe work environments,” said Mr. McKie.
PPSA Executive Chairman Rob Kerin encouraged farmers to join the workshops.
“We have been a high-risk industry, and we need to not only educate ourselves on better practices but substantially improve our record,” he said.
Attendees will be able to enroll free with TAFE SA to gain accredited recognition for work health and safety subject within a nationally accredited qualification from the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management training package.
The first workshop will be held at Cummins on 28 February. Other workshops will be held across the state and will wrap up at McLaren Vale on 28 June. Places are limited so booking early is encouraged.