Category two – Winner – Best solution to an identified work health and safety issue
Colinta Holdings' station managers and ringers built and implemented a cattle handling system to minimise worker exposure to cattle, reducing the risk of animal impact injuries.
The system separates workers from cattle while the animals are being drafted through the cattle yards using low-stress stock handling techniques. It allows for yard gates to be opened and closed mechanically, without workers having to enter the pen with the animals.
As well as increasing productivity, the system has increased the morale of workers as they are no longer exposed to the risks associated with entering the pens with cattle.
There have been no incidents or injuries at Colinta's station since the system was implemented.
Colinta Holdings' cattle handling system