There’s no doubt that agriculture is one of the most challenging, varied and rewarding jobs that people can choose to do. But it’s also one of the most dangerous environments to work in.
It’s a confronting fact that, last year, almost half of all workplace deaths in Victoria involved some sort of machinery or heavy vehicles. This makes them the most dangerous hazards in Victorian workplaces – and farms one of the leading risk environments for workplace accidents.
Above all, we must prioritise the safety of our employees, our families and ourselves.
Safety is, and always must be, our highest priority because we all deserve to go home to our loved ones after a hard day’s work.
While there are a lot of farmers who are providing exemplary on-farm safety practices, there are also farms that find understanding and applying safety practices a difficult task to ensure all the correct measures are in place.
The VFF offers several comprehensive, free-of-charge health and safety services for Victorian farmers that can be accessed by calling the Farm Safety Extension Officer Richard Versteegen 0499 772 472.
So whether you need advice on safety around farm machinery, inductions or COVID 19 give us a call to use the resources we have on offer to ensure the highest possible safety practices are in place across your farm.