Students from all over Queensland have been congratulated for bringing rural health and safety issues to prominence via the 2021 Farm Safety Calendar Competition.
The agriculture industry employs around three per cent of state’s workers but has almost a third of our workplace deaths. Farm vehicles, often with children around, figure in a large proportion of incidents.
The published calendar is a great opportunity for safety messages to be displayed at homes and workplaces as a year-long reminder to work and play safely on farms.
There was massive interest this year with nearly 2000 entries featuring creative and colourful drawings about electrical safety, animal safety, tractor and machinery safety, quad bike safety, water safety, and general health and wellbeing.
The 12 winners each receive a $250 gift voucher, plus another $500 for their school, with their artwork and safety messages headlining the 2022 calendar. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will send out 30,000 copies of the calendar over the next few weeks.
Announcing the winners, Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace thanked the judges from the Queensland Country Women’s Association, AgForce Queensland, North Australian Pastoral Co, Department of Education, WHSQ and the Electrical Safety Office again for the difficult job of choosing 12 illustrations.
The annual competition has been running since 2015 with almost 8500 entries from Queensland kids over the past seven years.
And this year’s winners are…