The Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA) is urging farmers to take a proactive approach to safety during the harvest season.
There is never any rest for the farming community. Rain, hail or shine, there is always something of importance that has to be done.
Farm injury claims fell by more than 14 per cent in the past 12 months and are now at a 10-year low, according to new figures released today by the Victorian WorkCover Authority.
As the busy harvest season draws closer, farmers and grain growers are being urged to make safety the most important part of their planning, WorkSafe Health and Safety General Manager, Lisa Sturzenegger said today.
WorkSafe is investigating the death of an 84-year-old farmer at Goschen, 20km south of Swan Hill last Wednesday.
More than 460 farms are now safer, following a 12-month campaign by WorkSafe inspectors to help identify and eradicate the most common causes of injuries and fatalities in agricultural workplaces.
A man has died this morning while working on an orchard in Wemen, 100km south of Mildura.
A worker died this morning after being hit by a falling branch at a logging coupe near Yinnar South in the Latrobe Valley.
A tree lopping company was convicted and fined $15,000 following an incident in which an employee was knocked unconscious and left hanging from a tree.
WorkSafe is investigating Victoria’s first workplace farm fatality for the year following the death of a worker in Elphinstone on Sunday.
Two companies have received fines totalling $160,000 after a worker suffered serious injuries when his arm became trapped in a conveyor at a fertiliser factory.
A Gippsland meat processing company has been found guilty over the death of a worker who was crushed while cleaning a machine in its slaughter room.
WorkSafe will return to a farm north of Euroa this morning to continue investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a farmer yesterday.
WorkSafe is calling on all farmers to be proactive and ensure the safety of themselves and their employees during the hay harvest season.
Nearly 300 safety improvement notices* have been issued to Victorian farmers in the first six months of WorkSafe’s farm safety campaign.