Safety issues from childhood to ageing farmers is the focus of this year’s National Farm Safety Week.
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.
“I am also pleased to announce that the deadline for applications for the Australian Government’s Improving Farm Safety Practices grants has been extended.
“These grants will help our agricultural industry and organisations deliver training and education to change the behaviours around farm safety and help reduce farm accidents.
“This is about getting people to come together and come up with projects and solutions to a nationwide issue.”