It’s Farm Safety Week and Safe Work Australia is reminding the agriculture industry to make farm safety a priority.
The Farm Safety Week aims to raise awareness of farm safety issues across Australia as well as some practical steps that farmers can take to make farms safer.
In 2015-a6, the agriculture industry made up 2.3 percent of the workforce, but accounted for 23 percent of worker fatalities. An average of 41 workers lost their lives in the agriculture industry each year (between 2005-15). There were 3,015 serious claims made. Some of the farm safety hazards include plant, chemicals, noise, dust, sun exposure, working with animals, and working alone or in remote locations.
Safe Work Australia released an infographic on work health and safety in agriculture and offers the following practical steps to protect farm workers:
- Eliminate hazards. If this is not possible, the risks must be minimised so far as is reasonably practicable.
- Choose the safest equipment for your farm’s needs and maintain it.
- Choose the safest chemicals and loosely follow the manufacturer’s instructions
- Ensure all workers and visitors know about the risks on the farm and how to manage them
- Ensure workers have the skills to work safely, for example when handling animals and using farm equipment
- Closely supervise new and inexperienced workers