Workshop helps to keep farmers safe
Quads and vehicles on theme this year
IT’S Farm Safety week and coincidentally, a workplace health and safety forum was held in Mundubbera for producers and graziers.
Following on from the successful run of the Women in Agriculture event held in early May, event organisers thought it would be beneficial to run a safety forum to re-iterate the need for business owners to abide by workplace health and safety procedures.
Chief executive officer for the Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO) Kristy Frahm said safety was imperative and explained the need for owners to be equipped with the latest information.
“I think it’s incredibly important, not just to farmers but to everyone.
“There were people within different sectors of AgForce who were present during the workshop, it’s fantastic that these resources can be utilised by a wide range of different people within AgForce but they are also just as relevant to people who might have some small businesses and town based businesses,” Mrs Frahm said.
She explained how relevant the resources are to graziers and producers and those who have small businesses within the region.
“A lot of the principles and initiatives and the safety measures that are within the workplace health and safety resources are just as applicable and relevant to town based operations and to community organisations, sometimes within the events we hold, there are great resources that we can hold onto,” she said.
The theme for this year’s Farm Safety Week is quad and vehicle safety, given tractors and quad bikes are the leading causes of deaths on farms.
“We’ve got a farm ourselves and we take whatever measures we can to be safe with horses using helmets but there’s also places we can improve on,” Mrs Frahm said.
“This event provides people with information on how to deal with windmills, overhead power lines, and lots of other elements that we have to be aware of, not only on farms but in small businesses.”
Mrs Frahm believes the message is getting out there that safety should be a top priority.
“I really like the resources that Workplace Health and Safety Queensland have. I’ve been aware of them since they’ve come along to our events, I think they’re very user friendly,” she said.
National Farm Safety Week runs until July 21 and is aimed at improving the safety on farms.
❝ I really like the resources that Workplace Health and Safety Queensland have. I’ve been aware of them since they’ve come along to our events, I think they’re very user friendly. — Kristy Frahm
SAFETY FIRST: A workplace health and safety workshop was organised by BIEDO, coinciding with Farm Safety Week.