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Image (supplied) - Paul Thompson's winning entry for the Great South West Dairy Awards Farm Photo Award

Farm Safe

Farm Safe

Image (supplied) - Paul Thompson's winning entry for the Great South West Dairy Awards Farm Photo Award

Changing attitudes

600 people have died on farms in the past decade. Hence, changing the attitudes of farmers is at the forefront of a new safety strategy. Five key impact opportunities have been identified in a bid to put an end on Farm deaths by 2030.

Farm Safe Australia chair Charles Armstrong said not only are the number of fatalities too high, but there is also a cost to the industry that could be avoided.

"We've got this National Farm Safety Education fund and what we've done is develop about five key impact opportunities to in fact utilise the fund, in relation to leadership and next generation of farmers, young farmers, and physical and psychological wellbeing and a couple of other things as well."

Mr Armstrong explained the alarming statistics.

"We've had about 600 fatalities on farms over the last 10 years. Now we shouldn't be anything like that, and that doesn't take into account the serious injuries people have recovered from as well. Not only are there dreadful fatalities but there's a cost to the industry that could be avoided given a change in attitude and a change in the approach that we go about our farming.

"She'll be right" attitude mustn't apply in regards to farm safety.

"We need to change that approach from the "she'll be right" and get rid of that or just a change in attitude just to think about the risks that are being involved and can they avoid those. Without necessarily sitting down and taking time to think about it. Even if they're just thinking about it as they approach the job. What might go wrong? and what can we do?"

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Cost to industry provides another reason for change.

"We've got quite a bit of legislation coming though, one part on industrial manslaughter and another part in terms of workers compensation, decisions and penalties. So both of those are driving a pretty expensive process in terms of the cost to the farm or the employer in relation to accidents on farms." Mr Armstrong said.

"If we can get Quad bikes off the agenda by people putting crush protection devices on and or the manufacturers putting them on that'll be a big step in the right direction... they're the single biggest killer at the moment and again it's also a case it's much worse than that because there are some pretty horrific injuries with accidents on quads that again could be avoided." Mr Armstrong said.

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