October 3, 2023


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Recruitment & HR: In the direction of safer farm practices

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Related information

  • In 2022, eight individuals died within the Victorian agriculture trade, and an extra 597 individuals working within the sector have been injured significantly sufficient to obtain employees compensation.
  • On common in Victoria, virtually one particular person each week is injured significantly sufficient whereas working with cattle to obtain employees compensation.
  • Since 2018, there have been 367 agriculture-related harm claims within the Gippsland area


THE thought {that a} severe incident received’t occur to ‘skilled’ farmers or graziers could be frequent in agriculture, however after responding to dozens of farm emergencies, rural paramedic Jess Shepherd needs individuals working in ag to know that every thing can change “within the blink of an eye fixed.”

Jess, who has been with Ambulance Victoria for 13 years, attracts on her expertise with farmers throughout the Gippsland area to have conversations about safer farm practices.

“We’re fortunate sufficient to have that belief as quickly as we stroll in, carrying this uniform, and I believe that actually helps after we give recommendation and after we specific concern about security,” she stated.

In sharing her experiences as a part of WorkSafe’s farm security marketing campaign, Jess mirrored on one horrific incident involving an skilled farmer that has caught along with her.

“Regardless of having used the gear a whole bunch of instances earlier than, a bit of equipment got here down on her limb,” she stated.

“Once we arrived, it wasn’t bleeding profusely, however then as quickly as she let go of it, there was a whole lot of blood, and we might already inform that she would most likely lose the limb.”

Jess later learnt the limb had in reality been amputated and the farmer might now not work her property.

This devastated her – a reminder that have doesn’t make somebody immune.

As WorkSafe Victoria’s consciousness marketing campaign, “It’s by no means you, till it’s”, makes a return with new promoting throughout tv, radio, print and digital media, it’s providing sensible security options for farmers and inspiring conversations round well being and security.

Tragically, three individuals in Victoria have been killed within the agriculture trade this yr. This takes the variety of agriculture-related deaths to 34 since 2019.

Worth of communication

Communication and proactive security measures could be the distinction between life and dying for Paul and Taylor Wallace, who farm sheep at Ballangeich in Victoria’s Western district.

“We take a proactive strategy to security. If one thing is damaged, it will possibly’t be used till it’s mounted. Issues like ensuring that everybody is aware of that in the event that they’re on the quad bike, they need to put on a helmet,” Paul says.

“Frequent sense will solely get you thus far. Correct coaching and inductions for our workers should come into play as a result of we will’t depend on frequent sense,” stated Taylor.

WorkSafe govt director of Well being and Security Narelle Beer stated each dialog about security on farms helped shift the dial to prioritising security.

“We’re working in the direction of well being and security being a key a part of farming operations, the place elevating considerations earlier than they turn out to be bigger points and sharing useful security recommendation are inspired,” Dr Beer stated.

“Issues like good communication when working alone, checking in with your self and others for indicators of fatigue, prioritising upkeep and taking a minute to assume by a job can all make an enormous distinction for security.”

Jess Shepherd from Ambulance Victoria echoed these sentiments.

“I’ve discovered that farmers are used to simply pushing by and their bucket simply fills up, drip by drip till ultimately, the bucket overflows.”

“There ought to all the time be issues in place to scale back the probability of getting that bucket overflow. A part of that’s asking for assist. Present the identical concern for your self as you’d others.”


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Almurta cattle farmer Peter, pictured at high of web page, is a first-generation farmer who has spent the previous 15 years breeding cows and calves. For Peter, it’s the life-style and discovering methods to be extra environment friendly that makes farming pleasurable.

“We make repairs to the yard as a result of it makes it extra pleasurable to work in. If the yards are practical and properly maintained, it’s simply so significantly better for us and the cattle,” he stated.

As a livestock producer with home made yards, Peter’s engaged on getting his services pretty much as good as they are often and has seen a whole lot of yards with loads of room for enchancment.

“My yards are home made, however it reveals that any farmer can construct a set of secure yards,” he stated.

“Once we first got here right here, the yards have been conventional previous timber stockyards. They have been very low and cattle have been leaping out of them on a regular basis. Our new yard design relies on a spherical yard precept and after we’re working cattle within the yard, we’re most likely three to 4 instances extra environment friendly than we have been earlier than.

“Stockyards are a harmful place. I used to be loading cattle myself sooner or later within the race, the place you shouldn’t be, however there’s no different choice due to the best way it was designed and constructed.

“The worst factor occurred as a result of a heifer was popping out of that truck, and there was nowhere for me to go. I used to be fairly fortunate that she wasn’t large and we managed to each cross each other within the race but when she had knocked me down, she would have gone straight excessive of me.

“The fortunate individuals can let you know a narrative like that,” Peter stated.

Close to-miss experiences like this are a part of the rationale Peter has since made modifications to how he and livestock transporters load cattle on his property.

“Once we first began in Almurta the stockyards have been affordable, however there was no walkway. We’re now within the strategy of upgrading the loading ramp,” je stated.

“We’re placing a walkway down the aspect, gates on the entrance, an finish gate and a walkway across the pressure pen. This can imply there’s no want for the truck driver to be behind or in with the cattle at any time. It’ll be loads safer for transporters.”

However Peter is aware of it’s not simply yard design and upkeep that retains farmers secure.

“Consciousness of your environment and understanding the animals you’re employed with are important elements of farm security,” he stated.

“Within the yard it is advisable to watch out with cows and have cattle consciousness. That’s greater than the rest – being conscious of the place you’re, and all the time having a plan B.”

“You’ve all the time acquired to be considering one step forward of your self, not one step behind,” he stated.

For Peter, security is one thing he’s repeatedly constructing on over time.

“What we would love to do is put a roof over the yards. I’m 65 and it’ll occur, however that’s simply an instance of the way you don’t do issues in 5 minutes. If we had one other two good years of cattle costs, I’d put a roof over my yards. A roof will make the yards safer as there received’t be as a lot slop on the bottom, and it will likely be extra pleasurable to work in there,” he stated.

Whereas enhancing and making large modifications to his yards takes time, Peter all the time welcomes suggestions from others within the trade together with livestock brokers and transporters.

“I often let the extra skilled particular person run the present and very often if it’s a inventory agent I’ll say to them, the place would you want me to be or what would you like me to do?”

“Once we get suggestions from contractors or the inventory agent on methods to enhance, we take a look at it and the way we will make these modifications.”

The elemental fundamentals to pleasurable farming

Whereas Peter admits he’s responsible of considering he’ll repair one thing the subsequent day after which doesn’t, he additionally is aware of spending ten minutes to hold a gate could make a life-saving distinction for everybody on-farm.

“As a farmer, we now have a duty – initially to my household and to all people else that comes onto the farm,” he stated.

“For our contractors, for our inventory brokers, the transporters, anyone that comes onto the farm, we now have an obligation to take care of them.

“It’s my duty to ensure individuals go dwelling secure each evening.”





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