LOCAL farmers boosted their farm safety resources at a free workshop in Leongatha last week.
Hosted by Elders Insurance, the ‘Keep Safe, Keep Farming’ workshop featured a presentation from Safe Ag Systems’ Christine Dax that revealed some startling statistics such as that deaths on farms account for over 50 per cent of the 335,000 workplace fatalities in English-speaking countries every year.
As well as the personal costs, the presentation detailed the financial costs of failing to comply with work health and safety obligations on the farm, with Ms Dax describing how new technology such as the Safe Ag Systems online work health and safety program can help make compliance easier.
Elders’ Debra Wightman said it was great to see farmers of all ages were open to using apps like Safe Ag Systems to keep on top of farm safety.
“Farmers don’t often have the time or energy to put into farm safety but they recognise how important it is. They need tools that are quick and simple, so having it all on an app on their phone was something they were very interested in, even those that were of an older generation.”
Ms Wightman said one of the most useful aspects of the Safe Ag Systems software was keeping farmers updated on changes to legislation.
“Everyone [at the workshop] agreed more farmers need to be aware of their legal obligations, but it’s not always easy to keep up with legislation changes. No one tells them. But the app will.”