Safety experts get together to explore quad bike safety. Photo: Contributed
Safety experts get together to explore quad bike safety. Photo: Contributed

Safety on the farm is everyone’s business

THIS week is Farm Safety Week and, with the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries making up 27% of work-related deaths in Queensland, Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Leanne Donaldson says everyone needs to take action.

The theme this year is "Safe Farms = Profit", with Farmsafe Queensland highlighting that "safety doesn't cost, it pays".

"This week I want everyone involved in the sector to take some time and think about changing behaviour to make sure accidents and tragedies can be avoided," Ms Donaldson said.

"Wearing the correct safety equipment at all times, using equipment correctly, maintaining equipment and making sure safety is always a priority.

"Accidents, injuries and fatalities costs the industry through compensation and loss of working hours.

"We want to make sure everyone working on a farm, whether a backpacker, farm hand, jackaroo or owner, can come home safe from work."

There has been a fall in the number and rate of fatalities over the past five years, but quad bikes are still a major cause of deaths on the farm, featuring in more than 20% of work-related rural deaths in the same period.

One in two worker's compensation deaths on farms are vehicle-related, including tractors, mobile farm machinery, quad bikes and utes.

Being hit by a moving object accounted for 29%, with workers often trapped by machinery, such as being caught between the roof and cherry picker basket, or being dragged into an auger.

Falls, trips and slips made up 8% of deaths, including falls from a roof or ladder, falling from the back of a cattle trailer, or the roof of a farm work shed.

Check out Farmsafe's online induction tool at induction.farmsafe.org.au.



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