THE Victorian Farmers Federation will partner with WorkSafe Victoria to roll out a $300,000 initiative to improve farm safety across the State.
The partnership, which will span two years, was spurred by WorkSafe data that shows 30 per cent of workplace deaths in Victoria occur on farms, despite the State’s agriculture industry employing 3 per cent of the total workforce.
As part of the agreement, the VFF will employ a dedicated farm safety officer who will be available to assist farmers with farm safety audits, and to help ensure their businesses are OHS compliant.
“The amount of deaths that occur on Victorian farms each year is just unacceptable and the industry needs to get serious about implementing a zero fatality target,” VFF President David Jochinke said.
“The best way to do this is to have a response led by people with industry experience who understand the challenges and attitudes in farming today.”
Mr Jochinke said that key to the program’s success would be an approach that manages both operational and cultural goals, including taking a proactive approach in educating farmers, ...
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