New farm safety resources available

Peak body GrainGrowers has launched a new farm safety program which provides resources and learning opportunities for producers across Australia.
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GrainGrowers' new farm safety resource covers machinery. Picture Mark Saunders.

Staff writer

The program was launched at the Innovation Generation event in Sydney and as part of Farm Safety Week.

GrainGrowers chief executive officer, David McKeon, said the program will help tackle farm safety issues.

McKeon said farms are unique workplaces, and farmers need practical, farm-ready solutions to improve the approach to farm safety in Australia.

He added that improving farm safety has positive flow-on impacts for productivity, farm families and our broader regional communities.

"For many of our growers, the farm is also home, and we know keeping their families and workers safe is important to our farmers.

"Farming environments can be unpredictable. Weather conditions deteriorating quickly is a good example of that. There are also more high-risk activities that happen on a farm than you would find in a corporate office desk job. In sobering statistics, over half the fatalities in agriculture involve a piece of machinery or equipment - namely quad bikes, tractors, and side-by-side vehicles," he said.

"GrainGrowers farm safety resources have a focus on machinery, recognising these risk factors. There's easy to use information and tools such as checklists that growers and farm workers can use to make sure they are on the right track and have appropriate risk management plans in place," McKeon said.

The GrainGrowers farm safety resources cover general farm machinery, vehicles, motorbikes and quad bikes, grain harvest and general farm safety. There is a comprehensive workbook with interactive check lists and there is also a series of farm safety videos presented by respected industry specialists.

To access the Farm Safety resources, visit https://graingrowers.com.au

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