01:01 pm, Monday 3 June, 2013
WorkCover NSW has issued a reminder for property owners, operators and employees to keep safety as their number one priority when they are conducting farming work. This follows an incident where a 38 year old grazier suffered serious injuries when his arm was crushed.
The arm of the man was caught by the lowering tipper of a truck that had just finished unloading 20 tonnes of fertiliser and the driver was busy with paperwork and according to WorkCover NSW not appropriately monitoring the area immediately around the truck.
John Watson, the General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, said that farm work can be dangerous if safety is not at the forefront of thinking and given priority.
He said that as numerous activities with agricultural work being undertaken in remote and isolated areas that are not close to any assistance safety is even more important.
Mr Watson said that the most frequent injuries in rural areas involve mobile plant and vehicles such as machinery, tractors and quad bikes.
He said that sheep and beef farming had been made a priority in the agriculture sector as part of WorkCover provide support for more dangerous industries, it had been identified as one of the highest risk industries in the state.
Mr Watson said that through the Sheep and Beef Cattle Farming Program WorkCover would be working with the industry to help create practical and sustainable methods of improving farm safety as well as strategies for making sure that workers could return to work quicker.