Work­shop helps to keep farm­ers safe

Quads and ve­hi­cles on theme this year

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL LIFE - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

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

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

SAFETY FIRST: A work­place health and safety work­shop was or­gan­ised by BIEDO, co­in­cid­ing with Farm Safety Week.

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