It’s up to us to make our farms safe

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

❝must We

all take greater re­spon­si­bil­ity for im­prov­ing the safety of our farms.

— Charles Arm­strong

THE num­ber of peo­ple los­ing their lives in on-farm in­ci­dents has sig­nif­i­cantly de­creased in the past 25 years but there is more work to be done to make farms safer. This is the mes­sage from the Na­tional Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) and Farm­safe Aus­tralia at the start of Farm Safety Week 2017.

Farm­safe Aus­tralia chair and NFF’s work­place com­mit­tee chair Charles Arm­strong said the yearly av­er­age of lives lost in farm in­ci­dents had de­creased from 146 in 1991 to 63 in 2016.

“How­ever, one life lost is one too many, and we must all take greater re­spon­si­bil­ity for im­prov­ing the safety of our farms.

“Al­ready, as of June 30, we have seen 32 tragic deaths re­sult­ing from in­juries sus­tained in quad bike and farm ma­chin­ery in­ci­dents.”

Mr Arm­strong said the theme of Farm Safety Week 2017 was ‘cre­at­ing a re­silient, safe and healthy ag com­mu­nity’.

“Hav­ing safety as a ma­jor as­pect of the farm busi­ness will not only re­duce risks to those who work and live on our farms, it will also im­prove our bot­tom line and cre­ate a re­silient, safe and healthy ag com­mu­nity. We want to see ev­ery farm across Aus­tralia take steps to im­prove safety each and ev­ery day,” he said.

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