WorkSafe’s new farm safety booklet Beef Cattle Handling: A practical safety guide was launched at the Murray Grey Beef Cattle Show and Sale at Wodonga.
WorkSafe hopes the booklet would have an immediate impact on making farms safer.
The rate, and seriousness, of injury born by the rural and farming community is far higher per head than in the metropolitan area.
Although there has been good improvement in farm safety in recent years and a real appreciation of the dangers of poor safety practices there is a need for constant vigilance and ongoing review and action to ensure farms remains safe.
While deaths involving livestock are uncommon, injuries are not. Being gored, trampled or pushed against yards does not always lead to a serious injury, but the risks are considerable if hazards are not identified and managed.
No one can afford to rely on experience and good luck to manage safety. Even animals well-known can cause serious injury if stressed or subject to a sudden shock.
WorkSafe’s commitment is to be constructive and not leave business operators and workers with a problem to be worked out in isolation. Every farm is different, but guidance like this can offer support.
According to WorkSafe the VFF AWU Victorian Farm Safety Centre and individual farmers were involved in development of the publication which provides advice on how to deal with common problems.
- Cattle handling for people who are inexperienced or new to the industry,
- Experienced operators will find information to help them train others in safe cattle handling,
- Maintenance of existing cattle yards,
- Safe design of new yards,
- On-farm cattle sales,
- Reminders about health issues associated with animals and handling chemicals in yards.
WorkSafe has a range of publications on farming topics such as livestock transport, tractor safety, ATVs, chemical storage and various construction and manufacturing activities.