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Quad bikes drive up toll.. There is about one on-farm fatality each week in Australia - a blunt reminder of the ongoing need for caution in agriculture, according to the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety (ACAHS) at the University of Sydney... The latest statistics released by the ACAHS, based on an analysis of 2015 print media reports, show that 37 people - including four children - lost their lives in on-farm incidents between 1 January and 30 September 2015 and 74 were injured in non-fatal incidents...
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Bans on children riding adult-sized quad bikes, compulsory use of helmets and mandatory training or licensing are among proposed changes governing the use of quad bikes on Australian farms... Dean grew up on a local dairy farm and rode quad bikes when he was younger, but says modern vehicles are "higher, faster and have no centre of gravity"... While many perceive quad bikes as a normal part of rural life, the vehicles remain agriculture's biggest on-farm killer and are the major cause of death for children aged between 5 and 14 and to children visiting farms...
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Bans on children riding adult-sized quad bikes, compulsory use of helmets and mandatory training or licensing are among proposed changes governing the use of quad bikes on Australian farms... Dean grew up on a local dairy farm and rode quad bikes when he was younger, but says modern vehicles are "higher, faster and have no centre of gravity"... While many perceive quad bikes as a normal part of rural life, the vehicles remain agriculture's biggest on-farm killer and are the major cause of death for children aged between 5 and 14 and to children visiting farms...
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Research by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has investigated the impact that injury has on rural communities and the agricultural sector in Australia... The research has led the RFDS to call for a new national injury strategy to be developed and for more government support... "Because of this, Farmsafe strongly endorses the RFDS call for increased action by governments and a new national injury-prevention strategy to address injury and its disproportionate impact in rural and remote Australia," he says...
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A 'country childhood' has idyllic undertones but farms can be deadly places for young people, with the latest statistics showing that 10 children are killed on Australian farms each year and another 500 are hospitalised as a result of on-farm injuries... Securely fenced house yards help to create a safe play area on farms where children can be easily observed... Quad bike incidents are the major cause of death for children aged between five and 14, and children visiting farms...
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A 'country childhood' has idyllic undertones but farms can be deadly places for young people, with the latest statistics showing that 10 children are killed on Australian farms each year and another 500 are hospitalised as a result of on-farm injuries... Securely fenced house yards help to create a safe play area on farms where children can be easily observed... Quad bike incidents are the major cause of death for children aged between five and 14, and children visiting farms...
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A new guide to Australia's latest workplace health and safety (WHS) laws may make it easier for grains industry employers to meet their responsibilities, protect workers and reduce business risks... "The Australian Government, states and territories have largely harmonised WHS legislation over recent years, and the new report pulls together all the requirements, along with extensive web links to the information employers need to comply with," he says... WHS planning and action; relevant web links to information in each state/territory; a list of national resources; and a quick checklist of high-risk issues and registers for records that must be included for specific commodities including grain...
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Farmers who employ workers think only about safety of their employees while those without employees do not think about it at all... While the NFF recommends that farmers take out accident insurance, it believes it is more important for farmers to adopt sound safety practices, as insurance addresses only the economic cost, not the social cost, of injuries and ill-health. ".. The NFF has asked the Australian Safety and Compensation Council (formerly the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission) to help fund such a campaign, which would build on the work already undertaken by Farmsafe, the Farm Health and Safety Joint Venture and state bodies...
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Based on research findings that show safety-conscious farming businesses are among the most profitable, the 2015 National Farm Safety Week theme encouraged growers to adopt practical safety measures that also deliver higher returns... Announcing the 'Safe Farms = Better Productivity' campaign in July, Farmsafe Australia chair Charles Armstrong said safer farming practices could reduce the risks of death and serious injury and improve the bottom line: "Even non-fatal injuries can have major cost implications as a result of harvest delays, damage to equipment and downtime required for recovery," Mr Armstrong said... "The development of a safety culture where safety is a fully integrated part of the farm business pays off," Mr Gregory said...
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Based on research findings that show safety-conscious farming businesses are among the most profitable, the 2015 National Farm Safety Week theme encouraged growers to adopt practical safety measures that also deliver higher returns... Announcing the 'Safe Farms = Better Productivity' campaign in July, Farmsafe Australia chair Charles Armstrong said safer farming practices could reduce the risks of death and serious injury and improve the bottom line: "Even non-fatal injuries can have major cost implications as a result of harvest delays, damage to equipment and downtime required for recovery," Mr Armstrong said... "The development of a safety culture where safety is a fully integrated part of the farm business pays off," Mr Gregory said...
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