The launch of National Farm Safety Week across Australia today has been welcomed by rural organisations WAFarmers and Farmsafe WA.
National Farm Safety Week raises awareness of farm safety issues in rural communities across Australia and helps farmers to identify practical ways to improve safety for themselves, their workers, family members and farm visitors.
While there has been a significant reduction in farm fatalities on the whole, WAFarmers President Dale Park said that two deaths in recent months served as a reminder to farmers not to become complacent.
“Farmers are being asked to do more and more for less and less, but they must continue to take care to prevent on-farm injuries or fatalities,” Mr Park said.
As Worksafe audits can occur at any time, Farmsafe WA Project Director Maree Gooch said it is imperative that farmers take practical steps to improve safety and prevent incidents from occurring.
“Farmsafe WA offers private and specific on-farm checks which identify hazards and potential dangers.
“The results are completely confidential and can help farmers take action to ensure their operation is as safe as possible,” Mrs Gooch said.
National Farm Safety Week runs from July 20 – 24, 2015.
All media requests must be directed to WAFarmers Media and Communications Officer Sophie Kilby on (08) 9486 2100 or [email protected].