Safety issues from childhood to ageing farmers is the focus of this year’s National Farm Safety Week.

There are many things you can do to make your farm environment safe, like have a regular maintenance schedule in place to ensure your machinery is running to the best of its ability. Also, farmers aged 19-30 years are full of energy, think themselves bullet proof, but sometimes their limited experience can lead to risky behaviours. Farmers should also be mindful of minimising the risk to children on a farm and working around agricultural equipment like tractors or for them to be swimming alone in a dam.

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud, said farm safety was important across all age groups. “While over half of on-farm fatalities are people over 50, in the last 10 years around 15 per cent of fatal accidents have been kids under 15,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Improving farm safety is vital. Australian farmers only make up 2.6 per cent of Australia’s workforce, but they count for 21 per cent of workplace fatalities. During National Farm Safety Week, there will be many opportunities for farmers to learn about potential safety risks.

I encourage everyone to take five minutes to look at their practices and ask yourself ‘is there a safer way to get the job done? At the end of the day, the most important thing is getting you home safely to your family.

For more information about Farm Safety Week, visit farmsafe.org.au