Agriculture safety campaign

Deaths and serious injuries on Queensland farms are preventable.

Did you know that only 3% of Queenslanders work on farms, but almost 30% of workplace deaths happen on them?

Around 13 Queensland agriculture workers die each year as a result of a workplace incident and 1700 are injured – affecting one in every 25 agriculture workers.

If you work on the land, stop and think about doing your job safely. Because those few seconds could save your life - and your livelihood.

Check out our resources on agriculture safety below.

Serious about farm safety guide

Serious about farm safety guide

Download or request a copy of the Serious about farm safety guide (PDF, 702.35 KB)

Manage agriculture workplace hazards

Right plant or equipment for the task Animal behaviour Overhead powerlines Hazardous chemicals Guarding moving machinery Managing manual tasks
Stop and think about selecting the right plant or equipment for the task. Stop and think about animal behaviour before you muster or load trucks. Stop and think about overhead powerlines before you work near them. Stop and think about your own protection before you work with hazardous chemicals. Stop and think about using guarding on moving machinery. Stop and think about managing manual tasks.

For more information about managing health and safety on the land visit our agriculture web page.

Resources

Audio recording

Shane Webcke

Run time: 31 seconds.

Listen to Work Health and Safety Ambassador, Shane Webcke's message about working on the land.

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    • G'day Shane Webcke here, Queensland's Work Safety Ambassador.

      It's a fact that only 3% of Queenslanders work on farms, but nearly 30% of workplace deaths happen on them. And every week 17 agricultural workers are injured seriously enough to need at least a week off work.

      If you work on the land, please stop and think about doing your job safely. Because those few seconds could save your life - and your livelihood.

      To find out how, visit worksafe.qld.gov.au or phone 1300 362 128.

      Authorised by the Queensland Government, Brisbane

Infographic

Agriculture infographic

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Quad bike safety resources

Quad bike safety resources

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Agricultural safety interviews

Watch all our agricultural safety interviews.

Cook family talk about managing livestock

Features the Cook family discussing the importance of safe stockyard design.

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    • Fiona O’Sullivan: So we’re here with the Cook family this afternoon at this beautiful set of yards that are at Rob and Sarah’s place. But as a family unit you’ve been involved in this industry for a really long time, four generations I believe.

      Give us a bit of a background on why you do what you do and why you’ve chosen to do things this way.

      Rob Cook: Yeah, well, given that we’ve built yards next to where we pull down old yards we try to use as much of the old infrastructure as we could, which is the holding paddock and we modified the wing to bring them over to these yards obviously.

      And we’ve put the bulk of the yards outside the line of sight for the cattle, so by the time the lead cattle are coming into the yards they’ve already started working their way around the wagon wheel while we’re bringing the tail into the yards, so they think they’re going somewhere, they can’t look up and see, you know the lead blocked up in a gate so everything stops.

      We try not to have our loading ramps facing East and West, mainly for glare off trucks and things like that you know, of an afternoon. If you have a loading ramp facing East and you’re trying to load cattle you’re going to get the glare off side mirrors or whatever it might be off the truck with cattle trying to run up the race and up a loading ramp and so we’ve got our loading ramp facing South and we’ve also got it set up off our race prior to our crush and draft so that if we just want to load cattle we can, we don’t need, you know the crush in place.

      One of the big things we learnt as kids with dad yard building and being a cattleman himself, understanding how cattle would flow through yards and things like that is gate sizes. I remember dad’s always harping on about why would you buy a pound where you’re only going to let one or two animals into the pound but then have a ten foot gate to have to swing it open, you’re taking up half your round yard to open the gate. You’re squeezing the animals against the outside of the round yard before they come around the gate. You know it’s a bigger gate, it’s dangerous, it’s hard for people to handle.

      Whereas if you’re only letting them through one or two at a time, why not have a gate to accommodate one or two head. So that was probably one of my earliest memories of why you should do things in yards. Some people don’t, and good luck to them, you know, but I know working through a lot of different stations in the territory and Western Australia, you build your gate to what its purpose is, not necessarily a big gate where it doesn’t need to be needed.

      Brad Cook: People seem to build their yards for what they think looks pretty and what they think looks nice, but you don’t build yards for yourself, you build them for your cattle and you build them so the cattle will run through them.

      Every little design that may look silly from the outside is there for a reason so that cattle run freely and less stress means more weight, which is the ultimate goal.

      Letty Cook: I think you’ve got to look at it from an animal’s point of view, and not a human’s point of view for sure because there’s a big difference.

      RUN TIME: 3 min 27 sec

Child safety on farms

Featuring Kylie Stretton, mother of two children who runs cattle near Charters Towers and is a big advocate for child safety.

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    • G’day, I’m Shane Webcke, WorkSafe Ambassador for WorkSafe Queensland and I’m with Kylie Stretton from Charters Towers, who today is going to talk about what she sees or views as a safe way to involve your kids in farm work on your property

      So, what are the more pertinent things do you think.

      Obviously four wheelers, motorbikes are a big issue so we have some rules around those. Children don’t go mustering on four wheelers, they’re not allowed to ride them. You know, only very occasionally, but not, you know in general.

      Water safety is a big one obviously, drownings is a big issue. So we’ve always had ground rules if we have had a dam close to the house we’re living in, they’re not allowed to leave the house yard. We’ve always had a secure house yard.

      Chemicals are always locked up, vehicle safety, knowing where your kids are when you’re moving vehicles.

      Just every day, common day things but because your kids are in your workplace all the time, you’ve got to have them in the back of your mind constantly.

      Well see, and that would be a pertinent difference to say people living in suburbia. There are enough dangers around there, but as you rightly say, like on a property the workplace is straight out the back door, isn’t it.

      Yeah.

      So is it a matter of to, like, I’ve got young kids myself and we go to the property. But one thing I find, you just have to be is vigilant. In terms of knowing where they are and not getting complacent about normalising behaviour where they’re disappearing, or where have they gone.

      Yeah, that’s right and kids are a part of your workforce when you live out on a property or on a farm.

      Of course they are!

      Yeah, they are, they become a part of your workforce. Mum has to go back to work very quickly after having kids. So when they get to that toddler stage the kids are always there, you can’t just keep them locked away. So you do have to have it in the back of your mind, you have to be vigilant, you have to teach your children from a young age to listen to instructions very carefully and if you say stop they must stop quickly and things like that.

      Well how do you deal with, because I was a young boy who grew up on a property and there’s an age where, we as young men believe we know a lot more than we do, how do you manage that transition, how would you think to best manage that transition where young boys grow up particularly, young girls as well, start to really want to pull on jobs that are you know, perhaps require a little bit more experience, a little bit more dangerous. Maybe where they don’t see the danger.

      Yeah, we’re getting to that stage now with my kids, they’re thirteen and eleven and I’ve been pretty lucky my young fella has been pretty steady and that, but just instilling in them from a young age to be responsible, talk about the dangers but let them get that experience under your watchful eye so that you don’t just throw them out there by themselves unsupervised and expect them to be able to do something easily.

      So it’s involving them all the time from a young age so that when it is time for them to take that step they’ve got that experience, they’ve got that knowledge and the confidence themselves that they can do this in a safe, responsible manner.

      There’s a good point in case where I think is where you talk about quad bikes, the one thing, if you listen to manufacturers and people that advocate for safety on them, one of the biggest things is that they are so heavy when kids use them, so kids should not be on adult sized bikes. But obviously they’re very easy to ride so kids feel that they can ride them without understanding what happens if they actually roll over on top of them.

      Yeah, and that was an issue we faced when our children were little. We had a child sized quad bike and they used to go really silly on that and that was my big concern that they thought they could get away with anything on that little bike, they’d jump on ours and try and do the same thing. So we actually got away with that little quad bike and we've put them on two wheelers and it was just instilled that they are dangerous, they do roll, you can kill yourself.

      And they have been really good about it. So that was the one thing for us.

      Okay, to finish with what’s your golden rule, the one unbreakable rule?

      Just be responsible and look after each other, they go everywhere in a pair and look after each other.

      Thank you very much Kylie.

      RUN TIME: 3 min 53 sec

Guide

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Further information

For more information about managing health and safety on the land visit our agriculture web page.