According to FarmSafe Australia, you can improve safety on your farm and mitigate the risk of accidents in just four easy steps.
1) Make sure you have a risk management strategy, which outlines all the potential hazards on your farm and how to prevent or handle them effectively.
2) Whenever you’re out and about on your farm, keep your eyes peeled for new hazards and be sure to add them to your risk management strategy. It’s also a good idea to do this every time you introduce new systems or employ new workers.
3) Have clear and concise safety procedures in place for any “risky” tasks you or your employees regularly need to perform.
4) Don’t forget to discuss these safety procedures with your staff so everyone’s on the same page and will know exactly what to do if and when a hazardous situation arises.
In addition to this, you may want to consider your farmers insurance options so you can get back to business as usual following a loss-causing event as soon as possible.
Simple, right? And yet farming is still one of the most dangerous occupations in the country, according to FarmSafe Australia.
John Temperley, chief executive officer of FarmSafe Australia, said “things are getting better”, citing the fact that farm-related deaths have dropped from 150 people each year in the early 1990s to around 60 in the present day.
However, he said, the agriculture industry still has “a long way to go”.
FarmSafe Australia has been running programs – such as its popular one on tractor safety – to promote safe practices, but it’s ultimately up to farmers themselves to make minimising risk of accidents a priority.