A major Gippsland company specialising in vegetable growing, processing and distribution was convicted and fined $85,000 for two separate incidents in which one worker was run over by a tractor attachment and another fell into an uncovered drainage pit.
A confronting public awareness campaign that highlights the risks associated with quad bike use has been launched by WorkSafe Victoria.
WorkSafe Victoria and the Victorian Farmers Federation have today released further details in relation to the Victorian Government’s $6 million quad bike safety rebate scheme.
The recent deaths of three men in three days in separate farm incidents are terrible tragedies, and our thoughts are with their families, friends and communities as they mourn their loss.
A man who died last weekend after the tractor he was driving rolled into a dam has now been confirmed as Victoria’s third workplace fatality of 2016.
A dairy company which allowed its employees to drive quad bikes with defective brakes and without wearing helmets was fined $40,000 in the Colac Magistrates’ Court last month.
It is a well-known fact that agriculture is a high-risk profession. What is less well known is that farmers are far more likely to die at work than workers in any other industry.
There is never any rest for the farming community. Rain, hail or shine, there is always something of importance that has to be done.
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 calling on all farmers to be proactive and ensure the safety of themselves and their employees during the hay harvest season.