Pri­ori­tis­ing safety this har­vest

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Grain grow­ers are be­ing en­cour­aged to im­ple­ment strate­gies to en­sure their 2016 har­vest is a safe one.

Grains Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, GRDC, has backed calls by the Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Agri­cul­tural Health and Safety for the pri­ori­ti­sa­tion of the wel­fare of all those in­volved in har­vest­ing this year’s crops.

GRDC man­ager of grower ser­vices Alan Um­bers said har­vest was a test­ing time for the na­tion’s grow­ers.

“It is im­por­tant that grow­ers re­main firmly fo­cused on plan­ning for a safe and suc­cess­ful har­vest, es­pe­cially af­ter hav­ing to con­tend with nu­mer­ous chal­lenges dur­ing the 2016 grow­ing sea­son, from frosts in the west through to flood- ing and wa­ter­log­ging in the south­ern and north­ern crop­ping re­gions,” he said.

Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Agri­cul­tural Health and Safety direc­tor Dr Tony Lower said now was the time to make sure grow­ers and their most im­por­tant re­source – the peo­ple who work with and for them – were safe and up to the tasks ahead.

“Grow­ers ex­pe­ri­ence in­tense pres­sure and fa­tigue dur­ing har­vest, and there is usu­ally a higher num­ber of in­ex­pe­ri­enced sea­sonal work­ers em­ployed – all fac­tors that ex­pose the in­dus­try to a height­ened risk of dan­ger,” he said.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about har­vest safety is avail­able by call­ing the Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Agri­cul­tural Health and Safety on (02) 6752 8210.

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