WorkSafe Victoria is encouraging farmers to make safety a priority this harvest season.

Lisa Sturzenegger, WorkSafe Health and Safety General Manager, said in an October 18 statement that farmers are going to be increasingly busy as we head into the warmer months, and this can often lead to negligent behaviour.

“We know from past experience that it only takes a moment for a rushed decision to turn into a tragic one,” she explained.

That’s why WorkSafe Victoria is asking farmers to “put safety at the front of their minds” and focus on minimising risk of accidents.

If you’re a farmer, there are a number of steps you can take to limit your chances of getting injured while at work.

You may, for instance, want to assess your systems of work and change any processes that could be putting you or your staff at risk.

Ms Sturzenegger suggests only using machinery “for what it’s intended for”, making sure it’s kept in good working order, and always wearing the property safety gear when operating it.

You should also keep a phone with you at all times, in case of an emergency, and tell people where you are going to be working if you plan to head out alone somewhere.

It’s also a good idea to take frequent breaks, drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest during harvest season. You will most likely be working long hours in the hot sun, which could spell disaster if you don’t take care of yourself.

There have been a total of three deaths on farms in the past three months – a shocking reminder that accidents can and do happen.

If an accident occurs on your farm, having farmers insurance could help you get back to “business as usual” a whole lot sooner.

Discuss your farm and crop insurance options with the team at MGA Insurance Brokers today.