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New category added

Local farmers who prioritise safety will be recognised in this year's WorkSafe awards.

A new category about farm safety has been added to the awards which come with a $2,000 prize.

WorkSafe received 56 agriculture-related injury claims in the Western District area in 2020 alone.

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Chief Executive Colin Radford said they want to start conversations. "The new award category acknowledges the importance of farmers and others working in agriculture who are leading the way in health and safety and setting an example in their industry."

"These workplaces continue to be over represented in both serious injuries and fatalities and this is another way for WorkSafe to engage with the industry as we look to shift attitudes around farm safety." Mr Radford said.

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