01:27 pm, Tuesday 13 July, 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 usual causes of fatalities and injuries.
“Making sure that you’ve got a roll-over bar on your tractor, that people are using a helmet when they’re driving a quad bike, that people are storing their chemicals correctly, that they’re maintaining their equipment, that they’re using their equipment properly,” she said.
“That’s the sort of work that our inspectors are going to go out and talk to farmers about.”