Third phase of strategic action plan to improve farm safety to be launched

Reported by Haydee | 28 Jun, 2015

The agriculture industry has been ranked as one of the high-risk industries in Australia due to its high number of work-related injuries and fatalities. Two years ago, the agriculture sector recorded the second highest number of fatalities (50). Last year the industry recorded 46 fatalities.


Small Machinery Field Day at Moss Vale

Reported by Haydee | 17 Jun, 2015

With the aim of reducing the number of serious injuries and fatalities in the agriculture industry, WorkCover NSW, together with NSW Farmers Association, Department of Primary Industries (DPI), and Local Land Services (LLS) will conduct a combined Small Machinery Fields day at Moss Vale.


Call to prioritise safety during grape harvest season

Reported by Haydee | 13 Feb, 2015

As grape harvest season in regional Victoria intensifies, WorkSafe Victoria is encouraging farms and vineyards to examine their safety systems and machine guarding to ensure safety.


VWA: Stay safe this harvest season

Reported by Haydee | 14 Nov, 2014

The Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA) is calling on farmers to be proactive in ensuring safety in the upcoming harvest season.


Alive and Well Booth at Henty

Reported by Haydee | 19 Sep, 2014

WorkCover NSW is encouraging all agriculture businesses and workers to visit the Alive and Well stand at Henty Machinery Field Days. Acting General Manager of WorkCover NSW’s Work Health and Safety Division, Peter Dunphy said a video booth will be set up at the Alive and Well stand where farmers could share their views on …


NSW farmers invest on safety improvements

Reported by Haydee | 25 Jul, 2014

A WorkCover program helped NSW farmers prioritise safety by providing up to $2,000 assistance for the cost of safety solutions to address farm risks. Around 9,500 farmers were able to invest in safety improvements.


Alive and Well campaign launched

Reported by Haydee | 16 Jul, 2014

A new campaign has been launched by the NSW Minister for Finance and Services, Dominic Perrottet at the NSW Farmers Conference on Tuesday.


Review: Health effects of pesticide exposure

Reported by Haydee | 13 Jun, 2014

A review that looked into the health effects of pesticide exposure recommends better compliance among pesticide end users; improve training methods and more research on system controls.

WorkCover reopens Sheep and Beef Cattle Industry Rebate

Reported by Haydee | 28 Jan, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The Sheep and Beef Cattle Industry rebate was reopened to assist farmers in adopting better work health safety procedures. The safety rebate of up to $2,000 was first made available in October 2013 and received 1700 applications. Because of the interest shown by sheep and beef cattle farmers to improve safety in …

Safety of farm workers during harvest season

Reported by Haydee | 22 Oct, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkSafe Victoria is urging farmers to make safety a priority as the harvest season draws closer. “As the warmer months are fast approaching, the hay season is about to get under way and farmers are getting busier and preparing for the season ahead,” said Ms Sturzenegger. “But we know from past experience …

Victoria farms now safer

Reported by Haydee | 05 Sep, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkSafe Victoria reported that more than 460 farms are now safer, following a 12-month campaign to help remove the most common causes of injuries and deaths in agricultural workplaces. During the campaign, WorkSafe inspectors gave attention to the dairy and beef cattle farms, particularly to dangerous machinery, animal handling practices and unsafe …

Working safely with and around field bins

Reported by Haydee | 12 Jul, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library An incident where a farm worker was seriously injured at a Goonumbla farm near Parkes prompted WorkCover NSW to issue a safety reminder to farms and rural workplaces on the dangers of working with and around field bins. The 61-year-old farm worker suffered multiple fractures and was in an induced coma after …

Sheep and Beef Cattle Farming Industry Action Plan

Reported by Haydee | 20 Jun, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW has launched a plan to ensure the safety of the state’s sheep and beef cattle farms. The Sheep and Beef Cattle Farming Industry Action Plan aims to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses, and improve injury management in one of the states’ highest risk industries. The Plan was launched by a/General …

Farm safety advocate recognised during Queen’s Birthday Awards

Reported by Haydee | 10 Jun, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A physiotherapist from Tasmania has been honoured in Queen’s Birthday Awards for her farm safety advocacy. Anne Taylor is the co-founder of a not-for-profit farm safety group Proactive Agricultural Safety and Support. Ms Taylor has received an Order of Australia Medal for service to the agricultural safety. According to an ABC report, …

Watson: Farm safety a WorkCover priority

Reported by Haydee | 16 Jul, 2012

WorkCover NSW is calling on all NSW farmers to prioritise work health and safety in their farms. The new work health and safety (WHS) laws which commenced in NSW on 1 January 2012 mandates farmers and farm managers to be responsible for the health and safety of their workers and other people who visit farms …