Published: 26 February 2016
Author: John Cramp
Wimmera Machinery Field Days put spotlight on farm safety
Thousands of farmers are expected to visit the Wimmera Machinery Field Days in Longerenong, near Horsham, next week.
The iconic three-day event starts on March 1 and boasts a reputation as one of Australia’s leading agricultural and agribusiness trade shows.
With so many farmers converging for the event, it’s a good opportunity to put farm safety in the spotlight.
Tragically, about 100 people were killed in accidents on Victorian farms and hobby farms between 2005 and 2014.
The fatalities involved a range of farm equipment including tractors, slashers and quad bikes.
WorkSafe statistics also reveal hundreds of people are seriously injured in accidents in the agriculture sector each year.
Data shows farms are one of the most dangerous workplaces in Victoria, accounting for about one third of injuries in the state.
If you are injured during the course of your farm work there are four important steps to follow: tell your employer or supervisor immediately, lodge a WorkCover claim form, make an appointment to see your doctor and seek legal advice.
Owner-operators are encouraged to seek legal advice as replacement labor may be available through weekly payments under WorkCover.
At Stringer Clark we can also help people navigate the fine-print of their insurance policies and work out the best course of action.