26 September 2023

SafeWork inspectors head for the farm

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SafeWork NSW inspectors are visiting farmers and agricultural businesses across the State for Farm Safety Week this week, highlighting the many safety rebates on offer and promoting the Agency’s free programs to minimise incidents.

Throwing her support behind the Week, Minister for Fair Trading, Eleni Petinos said Farm Safety Week aimed to raise awareness of workplace hazards that were unique to farmers.

“Tragically, farming accounts for one in every five worker deaths nationally,” Ms Petinos said.

“Farm Safety Week is a great opportunity to highlight the ways we can prevent harm to our agricultural industry,” she said.

“That’s why SafeWork’s Farm Safety Week programs will provide information on reducing incidents related to quad bikes, farm vehicles, machinery, and manual handling.”

Ms Petinos encouraged eligible farmers and businesses to access the safety rebates on offer, request a free advisory visit, or request a Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Farm Morning Tea to get solutions on improving farm safety.

Minister for Agriculture, Dugald Saunders said a thriving agriculture industry depended on safe farming practices.

“This is an important initiative which shines a light on safety for our agricultural industry,” Mr Saunders said.

“I encourage everyone to get involved in Farm Safety Week and learn about important safe farming practices.”

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