Winners of this year’s RAS Young Farmer Challenge has been honoured for being great ambassadors for health and safety in agriculture.
SafeWork NSW’s ‘Alive and Well’ program sponsored the activity, in which young farmers compete in a series of on-farm challenges ranging from animal handling to driving side-by-side vehicles and setting up irrigation systems.
Emma Gorman, John Dawson, Georgie Milne and Paige Mazoudier from Wagga Wagga won the competition held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show on Saturday, March 31.
“The farming sector is critical to the NSW economy,” said SafeWork NSW Group Director, Regional and Response Operations, Tony Williams.
“In 2013/14 NSW agricultural production was worth $12.1 billion, representing close to a quarter of all national agricultural production.
“But while it makes up just 2.6 percent of the Australian workforce, farming accounts for 20 percent of all worker deaths.
“That figure is completely unacceptable and it’s exactly why we’re working with the sector to improve safety through our Agriculture Work Health and Safety Sector Plan.
“Spreading the farm safety message to young farmers at events like this is one of the ways we aim to change people’s attitudes to health and safety on farms.
“I congratulate the four Wagga Wagga farmers on their victory, and for setting an outstanding example for other young farmers.”
More information about farm safety is available at the Agriculture Work Health and Safety Sector Plan.