Woman airlifted after horse riding incident


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A woman was flown to hospital after a horse riding incident at Lennox Head.

Paramedics were called to the scene about 2pm on Monday following reports of a woman in her 40s being injured in an incident with a horse.

The Westpac rescue helicopter medical team worked with ambulance paramedics to stabilise the patient.

She was later flown to Gold Coast University Hospital for further treatment.

The NSW Government is hosting safety workshops across the state aimed at reducing horse-related injuries and fatalities among novice and beginner riders.

Executive Director of SafeWork NSW, Peter Dunphy said the regulator will conduct a series of targeted public workshops for equine businesses across the state over the coming months.

“The workshops will discuss what the (NSW Code of Practice for managing risks when new or inexperienced riders or handlers interact with horses in the workplace) COP is and what workers and workplaces it relates to, as well as examining the different safety systems for varying disciplines within the horse industry.

“There will be training sessions to outline the responsibilities of businesses and individuals when new or inexperienced riders or handlers interact with horses in the workplace, and how to manage the associated risks.

“The COP itself has been developed after extensive consultation with industry, and we are very keen to continue to work together to see it adopted to help drive down any incidents and help keep workers safe,” Mr. Dunphy said.

Register for the horse safety workshops here.

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