New cattle gate developed to improve farm safety

Reported by Haydee | 15 Aug, 2012

A new type of cattle gate which aims to prevent farmer death and injuries has been put to test using a CSIRO-developed crash-test cow. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the 60kg faux cow was designed to simulate the force of a cow or bull charging a cattle gate. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research …

VIC: WorkSafe to tackle safety on farm field days

Reported by Admin | 30 Jul, 2010

WorkSafe will be going to western Victoria next week to conduct field days for agricultural workers. The safety watchdog will grace field days Sheepvention (2-3 August) and the Mallee Machinery field days (4-5 August) to inform the farming community of workplace safety in a neutral setting. “We set up stands at major field days to …

VIC: WorkSafe to Focus on Farms Amid Deaths

Reported by Admin | 13 Jul, 2010

WorkSafe is letting the farming sector know that the safety watchdog is undertaking a year-long crackdown on workplace safety. Seven fatalities have been recorded in farms across the state in 2010. According to executive director Cath Bowtell, WorkSafe inspectors will check on Victorian farms starting this month. Ms Bowtell said they will focus on the …

VIC: WorkSafe Stumped on Regional Deaths

Reported by Admin | 10 Jul, 2010

WorkSafe says it is confounded by the workplace deaths reported in regional Victoria. In the last financial year, 26 workers were killed in Victoria due to work-related incidents. Of that number, 22 worked in regional areas. To combat the number of workplace fatalities, WorkSafe has launched a year-long campaign focusing on farms. According to WorkSafe’s …

VIC: WorkSafe Urges Proper Training for Workers with Limited English

Reported by Admin | 02 Jun, 2010

Employees with limited English must be trained by their employers so the workers can do their work safely, WorkSafe said. WorkSafe’s statement comes at the heels of the conviction of a Victorian potato farm to failing to ensure an employee with limited English received safety training before operating a telehandler. The Mildura Magistrates’ Court fined …

QLD: Farmers Advised on Powerlines

Reported by Admin | 02 Jun, 2010

Over 3,000 farmers from across Queensland have received a notice from an electric provider, advising them be mindful of overhead powerlines. John Fowler, an Ergon Energy spokesman, said there were 24 incidents involving overhead powerlines in the Burdekin, in north Queensland, last year. Mr Fowler said with the start of cane harvesting in the region …