Experts urge safety first on district farms

LONG STRETCH: On the eve of summer cropping, farmers are advised to have a safety plan in place that identifies potential hazards and take specific actions to fix them.
LONG STRETCH: On the eve of summer cropping, farmers are advised to have a safety plan in place that identifies potential hazards and take specific actions to fix them.

SAFETY experts are reminding farmers to take care as they gear up for the sorghum summer crop. 

This year’s Farm Safety Week reiterated the importance of business and industry working together to increase the wellbeing of Australian farmers.

As summer cropping begins, Farmsafe Australia chairman Charles Armstrong has called on farmers across the district to heed the following practical steps they can take to have safety as a core value:

  • Having a safety plan in place that identifies potential hazards and taking specific actions to fix them;
  • Always being on the look-out for new hazards and fixing these as soon as possible once identified;
  • Setting clear safety procedures for risky work;
  • Making sure everyone that works on the farm understands and uses the safety procedures put in place; and
  • Having an emergency plan in place in case there are any incidents.

Sorghum is the main summer cereal crop grown across northern NSW, mainly for stock feed in the cattle, pig and poultry industries.

Sorghum stubble is also used after harvest as stock fodder. 

Throughout the growing season, Mr Armstrong reminded farmers to take safe and practical steps, particular around farm machinery and quad bikes.

A quad safety guide is available for farmers at www.farmsafe.org.au